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THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT, by            
First Line: They stand like sentries at a country's gates
Last Line: While men have no appeal except to him.
Subject(s): Judges; Justice; Law & Lawyers; Trials; United States - Supreme Court; Attorneys


THEY stand like sentries at a country's gates,
Guarding the mighty realm lest in should come
The alien things to poison and benumb
The sovereign heart. Where this tribunal waits
There dwells the ancient power of the fates
Which sways our destinies. Not rolling drum
Or cannonade their means, — all such is dumb
Before these peaceful arbiters of states.
They wield one battle-blade, — the country's law;
And each man is an intellectual king,
Whose work shall last till Time's clear eyes are dim:
It is but meet we look on them with awe,
Who can by weight of words such forces swing,
While men have no appeal except to Him.





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