Leaves of Grass

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Author: Walt Whitman  | Date: 1855

Aboard at a Ship’s Helm

ABOARD at a ship’s helm,

A young steersman steering with care.

Through fog on a sea-coast dolefully ringing,

An ocean-bell- O a warning bell, rock’d by the waves.

O you give good notice indeed, you bell by the sea-reefs ringing,

Ringing, ringing, to warn the ship from its wreck-place.

For as on the alert O steersman, you mind the loud admonition,

The bows turn, the freighted ship tacking speeds away under her gray

sails,

The beautiful and noble ship with all her precious wealth speeds

away gayly and safe.

But O the ship, the immortal ship! O ship aboard the ship!

Ship of the body, ship of the soul, voyaging, voyaging, voyaging.

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Chicago: Walt Whitman, "Aboard at a Ship’s Helm," Leaves of Grass in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0 (Irvine, CA: World Library, Inc., 1996), Original Sources, accessed September 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKS6U5STRTA2DNZ.

MLA: Whitman, Walt. "Aboard at a Ship’s Helm." Leaves of Grass, in Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, Irvine, CA, World Library, Inc., 1996, Original Sources. 22 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKS6U5STRTA2DNZ.

Harvard: Whitman, W, 'Aboard at a Ship’s Helm' in Leaves of Grass. cited in 1996, Library of the Future ® 4th Edition Ver. 5.0, World Library, Inc., Irvine, CA. Original Sources, retrieved 22 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKS6U5STRTA2DNZ.