Joy, Shipmate, Joy!

"Joy, Shipmate, Joy!" is the fifth and final song in Lee Hoiby's song cycle I Was There: Five Poems of Walt Whitman of 1988. The song cycle is for baritone and piano.

Date: 1988Composer: Lee HoibyText: Walt WhitmanSong Collection: I Was There: Five Poems of Walt Whitman

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Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
by Walt Whitman

Joy, shipmate, joy!
(Pleas’d to my soul at death I cry,)
Our life is closed, our life begins,
The long, long anchorage we leave,
The ship is clear at last, she leaps!
She swiftly courses from the shore,
Joy, shipmate, joy.

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