His ears were listening to these distant echoes amid the silence of the parlour when he became aware that the priest was addressing him in a different voice. It was queer that they had not given him any medicine. For myself, I ask only, in the words of an ancient leader: "Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?" *** Richard Milhous Nixon First Inaugural Address Monday, January 20, 1969 Senator Dirksen, Mr. The time at which I stand before you is full of interest.