by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

O how shall I warble myself for the dead...
Language: English 
O how shall I warble myself for the dead one there I loved?
And how shall I deck my soul for the large sweet soul that has gone?
And what shall my perfume be [for]1 the grave of him I love?

Sea-winds blown from the east and west,
Blown from the Eastern sea and blown from the Western sea, [till there on the prairies meeting,
These and]2 with these [and the breath of my chant,]2
[I'll]3 perfume the grave of him I love.

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1 Sessions: "to adorn"
2 omitted by Sessions
3 Sessions: "Will I"


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