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Title: Ship Ahoy!

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: March 12, 1891

Whitman Archive ID: per.00037

Source: Youth's Companion (12 March 1891): 152. Our transcription is based on a digital image of a microfilm copy of an original issue. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the periodical poems, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, Leslie Ianno, and Susan Belasco

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For the Companion.


In dreams I was a ship, and sail'd the boundless seas,
Sailing and ever sailing—all seas, and into every port,
or out upon the offing,
Saluting, cheerily hailing each mate I met, little or big,
"Ship ahoy!" thro' trumpet or by voice—from me some
friendly merry word at least,
For companionship and good-will to all and each.


1. Reprinted in Good-bye My Fancy (1891). [back]


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