As If a Phantom Caress'd Me

(1925)

"As If a Phantom Caress'd Me" is a song by Marc Blitzstein which sets the text of Walt Whitman from his final edition of Leaves of Grass (1891). "As If a Phantom Caress'd Me" is one of Blitzstein's many Whitman Songs.

As if a phantom caress'd me
by Walt Whitman


As if a phantom caress'd me,
I thought I was not alone walking here by the shore;
But the one I thought was with me as now I walk by the shore, the
one I loved that caress'd me,
As I lean and look through the glimmering light, that one has
utterly disappear'd.
And those appear that are hateful to me and mock me.


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