This is an arranged excerpt from chapter 114 of 'Moby Dick': 'The Gilder.' 

Set in the Japansese whaling grounds. 

'The Gilder'


'These are the times, when in his whale-boat

the rover softly feels a certain filial,

confident, land-like feeling towards the sea;

that he regards it as so much flowery earth;

and the distant ship revealing only the tops

of her masts, seems struggling forward,

not through high rolling waves, but through

the tall grass of a rolling prairie: as when

the western emigrants’ horses only show

their erected ears, while their hidden bodies

widely wade through the amazing verdure.


'The long-drawn virgin vales; the mild

blue hill-sides; as over these there steals

the hush, the hum; you almost swear

that play-wearied children lie sleeping

in these solitudes, in some glad May-time,

when the flowers of the woods are plucked.

And all this mixes with your most mystic mood;

so that fact and fancy, half-way meeting,

interpenetrate, and form one seamless whole.'



—Herman Melville







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Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Members of Coo & Co confess that we still haven't found time to read Melville! Nevertheless, we enjoyed reading this. We particularly like the 'most mystic mood' :>)

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
I like this "poem" better than Melville's actual poetry.