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Thoughts
by Walt Whitman


OF Public Opinion;
Of a calm and cool fiat, sooner or later, (How impassive! How certain
and final!)
Of the President with pale face, asking secretly to himself, What
will the people say at last?
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 deserted;)
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, en-masse;
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, 10
Of the envelopment of all by them, and of the effusion of all from
them.