|Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:|
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. VIVIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 18351860
|Starting from Paumanok|
|By Walt Whitman (18191892)|
[Leaves of Grass.
1855.Leaves of Grass, and Two Rivulets: Centennial Edition.
1876.Leaves of Grass: with additions.
1888. See full text
STARTING from fish-shape Paumanok where I was born,
|Well-begotten, and raisd by a perfect mother,|
|After roaming many lands, lover of populous pavements,|
|Dweller in Mannahatta my city, or on southern savannas,|
|Or a soldier campd or carrying my knapsack and gun, or a miner in California,|| 5|
|Or rude in my home in Dakotas woods, my diet meat, my drink from the spring,|
|Or withdrawn to muse and meditate in some deep recess,|
|Far from the clank of crowds intervals passing rapt and happy,|
|Aware of the fresh free giver the flowing Missouri, aware of mighty Niagara,|
|Aware of the buffalo herds grazing the plains, the hirsute and strong-breasted bull,|| 10|
|Of earth, rocks, Fifth-month flowers experienced, stars, rain, snow, my amaze,|
|Having studied the mocking-birds tones and the flight of the mountain-hawk,|
|And heard at dusk the unrivalld one, the hermit thrush from the swamp-cedars,|
|Solitary, singing in the West, I strike up for a New World.|