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The Wound Dresser

The Wound Dresser by Walt Whitman
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The Wound Dresser is a series of letters written from the hospitals in Washington by Walt Whitman during the War of the Rebellion to The New York Times, the Brooklyn Eagle and his mother, edited by Richard Maurice Burke, M.D., one of Whitman's literary executors.

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[Illustration: Walt Whitman

From a Photograph by Gardner, Washington

THE HELIOTYPE PRINTING CO. BOSTON]

THE WOUND DRESSER

A Series of Letters Written from the Hospitals in Washington During the War of the Rebellion

By WALT WHITMAN

Edited by RICHARD MAURICE BUCKE, M.D. One of Whitman's Literary Executors

Boston SMALL, MAYNARD & COMPANY 1898

Copyright, 1897, by Small, Maynard & Company

But in silence, in dreams' projections, While the world of gain and appearance and mirth goes on, So soon what is over forgotten, and waves wash the imprints off the sand, With hinged knees returning I enter the doors, (while for you up there, Whoever you are, follow without noise and be of strong heart.)

I onward go, I stop, With hinged knees and steady hand to dress wounds, I am firm with each, the pangs are sharp yet unavoidable, One turns to me his appealing eyes poor boy! I never knew you, Yet I think I could not refuse this moment to die for you, if that would save you... Continue reading book >>


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