This article was originally published in 1881 and I found this in a local Star Advodate newspaper from around 1950, sadly the date was missing but the message from 1881 remains the same today.
"God, Give Us Men!
A reader asks us to reprint a famous old poem by Josiah Gilbert Holland, who died in 1881.
Mankind has never had enough men fine enough and big enough to solve our problems, so this poem has been quoted year after year since it was written and it always applies.
But never did it apply so urgently as it does today, when the very continuance of the free world, and of a humane civilization, is threatened by the Communist attack.
With the hope that it will inspire more than one leader and citizen to strive to measure up to its high demands-but not too high if we are to have the leadership and citizenship needed to meet and survive this crisis – we quote:
God, give us Men. A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hears, true faith, and a steady 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 stand before a demagog
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking;
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty and 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."
Last updated by Don Forward Nov 12, 2009.