Books by Whitman
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WHAT THINK YOU I TAKE MY PEN IN HAND?
|WHAT think you I take my pen in hand to record?|
|The battle-ship, perfect-model'd, majestic, that I saw pass the |
offing to-day under full sail?
|The splendors of the past day? or the splendor of the night that |
|Or the vaunted glory and growth of the great city spread around |
|But merely of two simple men I saw to-day on the pier in the |
midst of the crowd, parting the parting of dear friends,
|The one to remain hung on the other's neck and passionately |
|While the one to depart tightly prest the one to remain in his |