Give Us Men

A friend at my church showed me this poem by Josiah Gilbert Holland. I loved it and wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy.

GIVE US MEN

Give us men!

Men – from every rank,

Fresh and free and frank;

Men of thought and reading,

Men of light and leading,

Men of loyal breeding,

The nation’s welfare speeding;

Men of faith and not of fiction,

Men of lofty aim in action;

Give us Men – O say again,

Give us Men!

Give us Men!

Strong and stalwart ones;

Men whom purest honor fires,

Men who trample self beneath them,

Men who make their country wreath them

As their noble sons;

Worthy of their sires;

Men who never shame their mothers,

Men who never fail their brothers,

True, however false are others;

Give us Men – I say again,

Give us Men!

Give us Men!

Men who, wen tempest gathers,

Grasp the standard of their fathers

In the thickest fight;

Men who strike for home and alter,

(Let the coward cringe and falter),

God defend the right!

True as truth the lorn and lonely,

Tender, as the brave are only;

Men who tread where saints have trod,

Men for Country, Home – and God;

Give us Men! I say again – again,

Give us Men!

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