| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Ralph Waldo Emerson (180382)|
|QUOTATION:||Not gold but only men can make|
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honors sake
Stand fast and suffer long.
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly
They build a nations pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.
|ATTRIBUTION:||RALPH WALDO EMERSON (?), A Nations Strength, stanzas 5 and 6.Masterpieces of Religious Verse, ed. James Dalton Morrison, p. 459 (1948).|
Grangers Index to Poetry, 6th ed., p. 898 (1973) says the author is unknown and that this is wrongly attributed to Emerson; the poem is not found in Emersons Complete Works (1903).
|WORKS:||Ralph Waldo Emerson Collection|