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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


By Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819–1881)

From ‘The Complete Poetical Writings of Dr. J. G. Holland’

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!