Not gold but only men can makeA people great and strong;Men who for truth and honors sakeStand fast and suffer long. Brave men who work while others sleep,Who dare while others flyThey build a nations pillars deepAnd lift them to the sky.
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Source Notes: Source: RALPH WALDO EMERSON , A Nations Strength, stanzas 5 and 6.Masterpieces of Religious Verse, ed. James Dalton Morrison, p. 459 .Grangers Index to Poetry, 6th ed., p. 898 says the author is unknown and that this is wrongly attributed to Emerson; the poem is not found in Emersons Complete Works .
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 April 27, 1882) was a famous American essayist and one of America's most influential thinkers and writers.