In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Proudly the flood comes in

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: About 1885

Whitman Archive ID: yal.00052

Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: This manuscript is a draft of "Proudly the Flood Comes In," first published as part of "Fancies at Navesink" in Nineteenth Century in August 1885. It was probably composed in 1885, shortly before the poem's publication. On the back of the leaf is a printed advertisement with the table of contents for Whitman's book Drum Taps. The contents listed include some poetry titles that Whitman never included in the published volume or any of the editions of Leaves of Grass.

Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray, Kenneth Price, Brett Barney, Nick Krauter, Lisa Renfro, Stacey Berry, and Ashley Price

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Proudly the flood comes in


Proudly the flood comes in,
shouting, foaming, advancing

Long it ? holds at the high, with
bosom broad outswelling;

All throbs, dilates—the farms,
woods, the streets of cities,
the ^—the workmen at their work.

Mainsails, and topsails, and jibs
appear in the offing—steamers
with pennants of smoke—
and under the noonday forenoon sun

Where my gaze as now sweeps ocean river and bay

? Freighted with human lives, gaily
the outward bound, gaily the
inward bound

Where my gaze as now sweeps ocean river and bay

Flaunting from many a spar
the flag I love.

Where my gaze ^ as now sweeps ocean
river and bay.

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