Leaves of Grass (1881-82)

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To Identify the 16th, 17th, or 18th Presidentiad.

WHY reclining, interrogating? why myself and all drowsing?
What deepening twilight—scum floating atop of the waters,

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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
(With gathering murk, with muttering thunder and lambent shoots
         we all duly awake,
South, North, East, West, inland and seaboard, we will surely

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