Thursday, January 1, 2015

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.

Josiah Gilbert Holland

from “The Best Love Poems of the American People”


Anonymous said...



PS - My heart goes out to you for your loss. May the Lord bring your family comfort at this time.

The Piper's Wife said...

Precious...thank you!