1] monody: dirge him: this might be Nathaniel Hawthorne, or possibly Melville's son Malcolm.
10] crape: mourning band made of thin worsted cloth.
12] A line found in Melville's manuscript copy, altered from "Along thy dense stolidity of walls" in the printed edition.
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Original text: Collected Poems of Herman Melville, ed. Howard P. Vincent (Chicago: Packard, 1947): 228-29. PS 2382 V5 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1891
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/6/2
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