|A Nation’s Strength|
|by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1904)|
What makes a nation’s pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?
It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Not gold but only men can make
Brave men who work while others sleep,
“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”