Photo Of American Poet Walt Whitman. Caption Reads: "Whitman At About Fifty." Scanned From A Life Of Walt Whitman By Henry Bryan Binns. Published By Methuen & Co., 1905.

A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman

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A Noiseless Patient Spider

by Walt Whitman


A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

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