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Saturday, April 7, 2012

"Paumanok" trans-"Long Island"...Walt Whitman's original handwritten manuscript




Paumanok.

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

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