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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  1. Ira Huddleston says:

    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

  2. Ira Huddleston says:

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

  3. Ira Huddleston says:

    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

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