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Says it All

November 2, 2004

Here is that famous poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. Stop and think.

To-day, of all the weary year,

A king of men am I.

To-day, alike are great and small,

The nameless and the known;

My palace is the people’s hall,

The ballot-box my throne!

The rich is level with the poor,

The weak is strong to-day;

And sleekest broadcloth counts no more

Than homespun frock of gray.

To-day let pomp and vain pretence

My stubborn right abide;

I set a plain man’s common sense

Against the pedant’s pride.

The wide world has not wealth to buy

The power in my right hand!

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