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Title: Spain

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: March 24, 1873

Whitman Archive ID: per.00130

Source: New York Daily Graphic 24 March 1873: 2. 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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Out of murk the heaviest clouds,
Out of the feudal wrecks, and heap'd-up skeletons of
Out of that old entire European debris—the shatter'd
Ruin'd cathedrals, crumble of palaces, tombs of
Lo! Freedom's features, fresh, undimm'd, look
forth—the same immortal face looks forth;
(A glimpse as of thy Mother's face, Columbia,
A flash significant as of a sword,
Beaming towards thee.)
Nor think we forget thee, Maternal;
Lagg'st thou so long? Shall the clouds close again
upon thee?
Ah, but thou hast Thyself now appear'd to us—we
know thee;
Thou hast given us a sure proof, the glimpse of Thy-
Thou waitest there, as everywhere, thy time.
Washington, March 22, 1873.


1. Reprinted as "Spain, 1873-74" in Two Rivulets (1876). [back]


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