„A weapon that comes down as still
As snowflakes fall upon the sod;
But executes a freeman's will,
As lightning does the will of God;
And from its force nor doors nor locks
Can shield you,—'t is the ballot-box.“
— John Pierpont American writer 1785 - 1866
A Word from a Petitioner, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).