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  • Give Us Men!

    From The Birmingham Age-Herald, June 2, 1914. By Oliver Wendell Holmes.

    “God give us men! A time like this demands
    Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
    Men whom the lust of lucre 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, uncrowned, 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.”