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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1234
AUTHOR: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON (?), “A Nation’s Strength,” stanzas 5 and 6.—Masterpieces of Religious Verse, ed. James Dalton Morrison, p. 459 (1948).

Granger’s 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 Emerson’s Complete Works (1903).