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God, Give Us Men

God, give us men!

A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;

Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom 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.

God give us men;

Men who serve not for selfish booty;
But real men, courageous, who flinch not at duty,

Men of sterling worth;
Then wrongs will be addressed;
And right will rule the earth.

God give us men!

Josiah Gilbert Holland – 1895

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