Leaves of Grass

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Author: Walt Whitman  | Date: 1855

Tears

TEARS! tears! tears!

In the night, in solitude, tears,

On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck’d in by the sand,

Tears, not a star shining, all dark and desolate,

Moist tears from the eyes of a muffled head;

O who is that ghost? that form in the dark, with tears?

What shapeless lump is that, bent, crouch’d there on the sand?

Streaming tears, sobbing tears, throes, choked with wild cries;

O storm, embodied, rising, careering with swift steps along the

beach!

O wild and dismal night storm, with wind- O belching and desperate!

O shade so sedate and decorous by day, with calm countenance and

regulated pace,

But away at night as you fly, none looking- O then the unloosen’d

ocean,

Of tears! tears! tears!

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Chicago: Walt Whitman, "Tears," Leaves of Grass Original Sources, accessed January 26, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8PSHAYTSIII37F2.

MLA: Whitman, Walt. "Tears." Leaves of Grass, Original Sources. 26 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8PSHAYTSIII37F2.

Harvard: Whitman, W, 'Tears' in Leaves of Grass. Original Sources, retrieved 26 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8PSHAYTSIII37F2.