“GOD GIVE US MEN” by Josiah Gilbert Holland

220px-Josiah_Gilbert_Holland_001God give us men! A time like this demand

Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands;

Men who the lust of office does not kill;

Men who the spoils of office cannot buy;

Men who possess opinions and a will

Men who have honor; men who will not lie

Men who can stand before a demagogue

And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!

Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog

In public duty and in private thinking;

For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,

Their large professions and their little deeds,

Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,

Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.

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