Dark ages of democracy

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Hermann Melville: The dark ages of democracy

Myriads playing pigmy parts --
Debased into equality:
In glut of all material arts
A civic barbarism may be:
Man Disennobled -- brutalized
By popular science -- atheized
Into a smatterer:
Dead level of rank commonplace:
An Anglo-Saxon China, see
May on your vast plains shame the race
In the Dark Ages of Democracy.