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Title: The Dismantled Ship

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: February 23, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: per.00097

Source: New York Herald 23 February 1888: 4. 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, and Susan Belasco

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The Dismantled Ship.1

In some unused lagoon, some nameless bay,
On sluggish, lonesome, muddy waters, anchor'd
near the shore,2
An old, dismasted, gray and batter'd ship,
disabled, done and broken,3
After free voyages to all the seas of earth, haul'd
up at last and hawser'd tight,
Lies rusting, mouldering.


1. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888). [back]

2. In the "Sands at Seventy" printing of this poem, Whitman omitted "muddy" from the second line. [back]

3. In the "Sands at Seventy" printing of this poem, "and broken" does not appear in the third line. [back]


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