Prayer for Leader's Integrity

adapted from
Josial G. Hollands' "God Give Us Men!"

"God, give us leaders! A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts,
true faith and ready hands;
Leaders whom the lust of office does not kill;
Leaders whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Leaders who possess opinions and a will;
Leaders who have honor;
leaders who will not lie;
Leaders who can stand before a demagogue,
And damn the treacherous flatteries
without winking!
Tall leaders, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty and in 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."


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