Classic and Contemporary Poetry
WHAT TITLE?, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: What title best befits the man
Last Line: The highest, noblest name -- the man.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Americans; Leadership; Life; Nations; Patriotism
WHAT title best befits the man
We hold our first American?
Or Statesman; Soldier; Hero; Chief,
Whose Country is his first belief:
Or sanest, safest Leader; or
True Patriot; or Orator,
Heard still at Inspiration's height,
Because he speaks for truth and right;
Or shall his people be content
With Our Republic's President,
Or trust his ringing worth to live
In song as Chief Executive?
Nay -- his the simplest name -- though set
Upon him like a coronet, --
God names our first American
The highest, noblest name -- The MAN.
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