“A Nation’s Strength” by Ralph Waldo Emerson   Leave a comment

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
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.

And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly…
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

Does it seem anywhere remotely apply to Kuwait?

Should have been “Expatriates men who work while the citizens sleep..“?

That’s what makes a nation great, not wealth.

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Posted June 29, 2009 by Rajesh_Gandhi in action, famous, freedom, happiness, kuwait, lifestyle, men, poem

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