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The Sea Is a Continual Miracle
Sea Poems and Other Writings by Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman; Jeffrey Yang, ed.

University Press of New England



Contents

• Preface: Seafaring America
• Introduction: Apologia for the Sea
• A Note on the Text
• The Ocean (1842)
• The Mississippi at Midnight (1848)
FROM LEAVES OF GRASS (1855)
FROM LEAVES OF GRASS (1856)
3. from Poem of Salutation
• 11. Sun-Down Poem
• 24.
Poem of Perfect Miracles
• 28. Bunch Poem
• 31. Poem of The Sayers of The Words of The Earth
FROM LEAVES OF GRASS (1860–61)
from Proto-Leaf
from Chants Democratic and Native American
• Apostroph
from Leaves of Grass
• 4. “Something startles me”
• Poem of Joys
• A Word Out of the Sea
from Enfans d’Adam
• 7. “You and I—what the earth is, we are”
• 10. “Inquiring, tireless, seeking that yet unfound”
from Calamus
• 3. “Whoever you are holding me now in hand”
• 4. “These I, singing in spring, collect for lovers”
• 11. “When I heard at the close of the day”
• 13. “Calamus taste”
• 14. “Not heat flames up and consumes”
• 19. “Mind you the timid models of the rest”
• 26. “We two boys together clinging”
• 31. “What ship, puzzled at sea”
• 32. “What think you I take my pen in hand to record?”
• 37. “A leaf for hand in hand!”
• Longings for Home
from Messenger Leaves
• To Old Age
• Mannahatta
FROM DRUM-TAPS (1865) AND SEQUEL TO DRUM-TAPS: WHEN LILACS LAST IN THE DOOR-YARD BLOOM’D AND OTHER POEMS (1865–66)
• Rise O Days from Your Fathomless Deeps
• City of Ships
• The Torch
• The Ship
• Out of the Rolling Ocean, the Crowd
• World, Take Good Notice
from When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d
• O Captain! My Captain!
FROM LEAVES OF GRASS (1867)
from Starting from Paumanok
from Children of Adam
• From Pent-Up Aching Rivers
• Facing West from California’s Shores
from Song of the Open Road
• Respondez!
• As If a Phantom Caress’d Me
from Songs Before Parting
from As I Sat Alone by Blue Ontario’s Shores
• Song At Sunset
FROM LEAVES OF GRASS (1871–72), PASSAGE TO INDIA (1871), AND AS A STRONG BIRD ON PINIONS FREE (1872)
from Inscriptions
• In Cabin’d Ships at Sea
from Songs of Insurrection
• France, the 18th Year of These States
from Passage to India
Passage to India
from Whispers of Heavenly Death
• Whispers of Heavenly Death
from Leaves of Grass
• Warble for Lilac-Time
from Now Finale to the Shore
• Now Finale to the Shore
• The Untold Want
• Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
from As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free
• As a Strong Bird with Pinions Free
• O Star of France!
• By Broad Potomac’s Shore
FROM LEAVES OF GRASS (1876) AND TWO RIVULETS (1876)
• The Beauty of the Ship
from Two Rivulets
Two Rivulets
• Or from That Sea of Time
• Eidólons
• Spain, 1873–74
• Prayer of Columbus
FROM LEAVES OF GRASS (1881–82)
Sea-Drift
• Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
• As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life
• Tears
• To the Man-of-War Bird
• Aboard at a Ship’s Helm
• On the Beach at Night
• The World Below the Brine
• On the Beach at Night Alone
• Song for All Seas, All Ships
• Patroling Barnegat
• After the Sea-Ship
from Autumn Rivulets
• As Consequent, Etc.
FROM SPECIMEN DAYS & COLLECT (1882–83)
Paumanok, and My Life on It as Child and Young Man
• My Passion for Ferries
• An Interregnum Paragraph
• To the Spring and the Brook
• A July Afternoon by the Pond
from Autumn Side-Bits
• A Winter Day on the Sea-Beach
• Sea-Shore Fancies
• A Two-Hours’ Ice-Sail
• An Afternoon Scene
• A Sun-Bath—Nakedness
• A Jaunt Up the Hudson
• Manhattan from the Bay
• A Night Remembrance
• Delaware River—Days and Nights
• Scenes on Ferry and River—Last Winter’s Nights
• Up the Hudson to Ulster County
• An Ulster County Waterfall
• Hudson River Sights
• Swallows on the River
• Departing of the Big Steamers
• New Senses—New Joys
• Unfulfilled Wants—the Arkansas River
• Earth’s Most Important Stream
• Nights on the Mississippi
• A Hint of Wild Nature
• Seeing Niagara to Advantage
• The St. Lawrence Line
• The Savage Saguenay
• Chicoutimi and Ha-Ha Bay
• My Native Sand and Salt Once More
• An Ossianic Night—Dearest Friends
• Only a New Ferry Boat
• The Great Unrest of Which We Are a Part
FROM LEAVES OF GRASS (1891–92)
from First Annex: Sands at Seventy
• Paumanok
• From Montauk Point
• A Font of Type
• Fancies at Navesink
(The Pilot in the Mist—Had I the Choice—You Tides with Ceaseless Swell—Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning—And Yet Not You Alone—Proudly the Flood Comes In—By That Long Scan of Waves—Then Last of All.)
With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!
• Of That Blithe Throat of Thine
• Yonnondio
• The Voice of the Rain
• Twenty Years
• The Dismantled Ship
from Second Annex: Good-Bye My Fancy
• Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!
• Lingering Last Drops
• An Ended Day
• Old Age’s Ship & Crafty Death’s
• Shakspere-Bacon’s Cipher
• To the Sun-set Breeze
• A Twilight Song
• A Voice from Death
• A Persian Lesson
• Grand Is the Seen
from A Backward Glance O’er Travel’d Roads
• “There is a river . . .”
(Date unknown)
Notes
• Index of Titles and First Lines

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