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Or From That Sea Of Time

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)


  OR, from that Sea of Time,
  Spray, blown by the wind--a double winrow-drift of weeds and shells;
  (O little shells, so curious-convolute! so limpid-cold and voiceless!
  Yet will you not, to the tympans of temples held,
  Murmurs and echoes still bring up--Eternity's music, faint and far,
  Wafted inland, sent from Atlantica's rim--strains for the Soul of the
  Prairies,
  Whisper'd reverberations--chords for the ear of the West, joyously
  sounding
  Your tidings old, yet ever new and untranslatable;)
  Infinitessimals out of my life, and many a life,
  (For not my life and years alone I give--all, all I give;) 10
  These thoughts and Songs--waifs from the deep--here, cast high and
  dry,
  Wash'd on America's shores.

  Currents of starting a Continent new,
  Overtures sent to the solid out of the liquid,
  Fusion of ocean and land--tender and pensive waves,
  (Not safe and peaceful only--waves rous'd and ominous too.
  Out of the depths, the storm's abysms--Who knows whence? Death's
  waves,
  Raging over the vast, with many a broken spar and tatter'd sail.)

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