Now, while I’m on a roll here – blogging about courageous men and the one I’m asking God for – let me share a poem I memorized in high school (it was one of those homework assignments that I hated at the time, but I am thankful for today… kids- do your homework). This poem was written back in the 1800s, so if you don’t understand some of the pretty words… go get a dictionary. 🙂
It’s worth your time.
God Give Us Men!
by Josiah Gilbert 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.