In Whitman's Hand

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Sea-beauty! stretch'd and basking!
One side thy inland ocean laving, broad,
        with copious commerce, steamers, sails,
And one the Atlantic's wind caressing, fierce
        or gentle—and —with mighty hulls dark-gliding
        in the distance:
Isle of sweet drinking-water—healthy air
        and soil!—isle of the earth and brine!
                                                Walt Whitman
sent to Herald Feb. 27 '88

This manuscript was probably written in early 1888.
Editorial note
"Paumanok" was published first in the New York Herald on February 29, 1888.
The verso of the manuscript leaf is blank.
Paumanok  |  Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
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