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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Chicago Poems.  1916.
 
71. Statistics
 
 
NAPOLEON shifted,
Restless in the old sarcophagus
And murmured to a watchguard:
“Who goes there?”
“Twenty-one million men,        5
Soldiers, armies, guns,
Twenty-one million
Afoot, horseback,
In the air,
Under the sea.”        10
And Napoleon turned to his sleep:
“It is not my world answering;
It is some dreamer who knows not
The world I marched in
From Calais to Moscow.”        15
And he slept on
In the old sarcophagus
While the aëroplanes
Droned their motors
Between Napoleon’s mausoleum        20
And the cool night stars.
 

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