O Captain! My Captain!

Today in History, February 9: 1888 – Poet Walt Whitman writes a note to the publishers of the Riverside Literature Series #32, correcting their printing of the poem that he had written amid his, and the nation’s grief over the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
O CAPTAIN! my captain! our fearful trip is done;

The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won;

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring.

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red!

Where on the deck my captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.

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