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Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


OF Public Opinion; Of a calm and cool fiat, sooner or later, (How impas- 
 sive! How certain and final!)
Of the President with pale face, asking secretly to him- 
 self, What will the people say at last?
  [ begin page 362 ]ppp.00270.364.jpg Of the frivolous Judge—Of the corrupt Congressman,  
 Governor, Mayor—Of such as these, standing  
 helpless and exposed;
Of the mumbling and screaming priest—(soon, soon  
Of the lessening, year by year, of venerableness, and of  
 the dicta of officers, statutes, pulpits, schools;
Of the rising forever taller and stronger and broader,  
 of the intuitions of men and women, and of self- 
 esteem, and of personality;
—Of the New World—Of the Democracies, resplendent,  
Of the conformity of politics, armies, navies, to them  
 and to me,
Of the shining sun by them—Of the inherent light,  
 greater than the rest,
Of the envelopment of all by them, and of the effusion  
 of all from them.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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