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TO THE STATES. TO IDENTIFY THE 16TH, 17TH, OR 18TH PRESIDENTIAD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why reclining, interrogating? Why myself and all drowsing
Last Line: South, north, east, west, inland and seaboard, we will surely awake.)
Subject(s): Men; Politics & Government; Presidents, United States; United States; America


To Identify the 16th, 17th, or 1'th Presidentiad

Why reclining, interrogating? why myself and all drowsing?
What deepening twilight -- scum floating atop of the waters,
Who are they as bats and night-dogs askant in the capitol?
What a filthy Presidentiad! (O South, your torrid suns! O
North, your arctic freezings!)
Are those really Congressmen? are those the great Judges?
is that the President?
Then I will sleep awhile yet, for I see that these States
sleep, for reasons;
With gathering murk, with muttering thunder and lambent
shoots we all duly awake,
South, North, East, West, inland and seaboard, we will surely awake.)





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