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Walt Whitman - To The States.

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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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 7. To The States.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 7. Leaves of Grass
Year: Published/Written in 1900

Comment 3 of 3, added on November 7th, 2012 at 10:42 AM.
dates of Leaves of Grass

as said, 1900 is way too late for any Whitman poem to have been written - he died in 1892

the various "editions" of "Leaves of Grass" in which BOTH poems - the one erroneously entitled "To The States" and the REAL "To the States" that I quoted

appeared very early, 1855 was first edition, 1892 was last - his "death-bed" edition

Ira Huddleston
Comment 2 of 3, added on November 6th, 2012 at 9:52 PM.
erroneous date given for poem

1900 is way too late for when any leaves of grass poems were written

Ira Huddleston from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on November 6th, 2012 at 9:37 PM.
The REAL poem "To the States"

The poem quoted as "To the States" is NOT the Walt Whitman poem entitled "To the States" - which goes:

To the States - or any one of them - or any city of these states - RESIST MUCH, OBEY LITTLE
For once unquestioning obedience - once fully enslaved -
once fully enslaved - no nation, state, city of this earth
ever after regains its liberty


The poem that was quoted IS Whitman, it IS from Leaves of Grass - its a good poem - and BOTH are so appropriate tonight - but the quoted poem is simply NOT the one entitled "TO THE STATES" in Leaves of Grass

Ira Huddleston from United States

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