Josiah Gilbert Holland: “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.

Freedom weeps,

Wrong rules the land

and waiting justice sleeps.

Aelbert Bouts, Netherlandish (c. 1451/54 – 1549), The Mater Dolorosa, Source: Harvard Art Museum

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Josiah Gilbert Holland at Wikiwand

Poem Source

Wikisource contributors, “Wanted (Holland),” Wikisource , (accessed April 11, 2021).

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. rothpoetry says:

    This is a beautiful and powerful poem. One for our time…So true today!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This has become one of my favorites – and yes, so timely!


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