A Nation's Strength

[This poem is written by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1903-1882). He was born in Boston (USA). He was an essayist, a poet and a philosopher. His philosophy is everlasting, because it arose from a desire to make all things new, to seize life freshly, experience it first hand and use it to build beyond the old.]

Not gold, but only men can make,
A people great and strong,
Men who, for truth and honour's sake,
Stand fast and suffer long.
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while other fly
They build a nation's pillars deep,
And lift them to the sky.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A. Notes:
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4. to suffer long; to face hardships for a long time.
6. to fly: to run away from.
7. a nation's pillars: columns; here it means foundations at tasting virtus.
8. Lift them to the sky: make their nation famous.

 
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