Monday, July 16, 2012

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 honour; 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 - O! Freedom weeps

Wrong rules the land, and waiting Justice sleeps.
- Maltbie Davenport Babcock

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