The Poor Voter on Election Day

I thought I would share an election poem, as heard today on NPR’s Morning Edition show.

The Poor Voter on Election Day

by John Greenleaf Whittier

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!

3 Comments
  1. If a frog had side pockets?
    ??
    I thought I had heard everything. Apparently I was mistaken.

  2. That’s so funny. I heard the same report on NPR and put the poem up on my site.

  3. Heather: Are you and I reading the same poem?
    Andrew: Cool!

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