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The Patrol at Barnegat

All ? Through Nature's gloom,—the —through
        wild, wild storm,
The stretching shore and
The midnight covering all
And on the sand a
        straggling group with ears alert
with ears alert, with
And on the sand, with ears
        alert, a
With piercing eyes, seaward
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The ^swirling wintry blast, the
        gusts of snow,
Alone with ^Dauntless Confronting Night, and
        Storm and Sea
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Through the
        the fierce
        the midnight howling
        the fierce snow driving
^through slush and sand toilsome, the mortar dragging,

The date of the letter on the verso and the first publication date indicate that this manuscript was composed between May and June, 1880.
Editorial note
"Patroling Barnegat" was published first in The American in June, 1880.

Leaf 1: On the verso of the first manuscript leaf is a letter dated May 12, 1880. The letter appears to be from E. H. Hames of The Literary World magazine.

Patroling Barnegat  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839-1919, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
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