TO IDENTIFY THE SIXTEENTH, SEVENTEENTH, OR EIGHTEENTH PRESIDENTIAD.
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
Are those really Congressmen? Are those the great Judges? Is that the
Then I will sleep a while yet--for I see that these States sleep, for
With gathering murk--with muttering thunder and lambent shoots, we all duly
awake, South, North, East, West, inland and seaboard, we will
[Footnote 1: These were the three Presidentships of Polk; of Taylor,]
succeeded by Fillmore; and of Pierce;--1845 to 1857.