As If a Phantom Caress'd Me

"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.

Date: 1925Composer: Marc BlitzsteinText: Walt WhitmanSong Collection: Whitman Songs

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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.


Leaves of Grass

By Walt Whitman

Sheet Music

The Marc Blitzstein Songbook, Vol. 3

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