During a monologue about the innate power within each individual to convert thoughts to productive action, the positive effects of which collectively can help right the ship in America, Glenn Beck mentioned a book he is in the midst of reading that literally had him reciting poetry on air. The title?

What book had Glenn Beck reciting poetry on air?

Stephen Mansfield’s Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self (not to be confused with conservative Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield’s 2007 release Manliness). The premise of the book according to Mansfield is simple: “I want to identify what a genuine man does—the virtues, the habits, the disciplines, the duties, the actions of true manhood—and then call men to do it.”

Beck said, “I think this is a game-changing book. [A] really, really powerful book.” Further, “It is time to be a man, and stop waiting around for, you know, the icon man to drop out of the sky and show you how to be a better dad…show you how to be a man. Just do it.”

Quoting from the book, Glenn recited the following poem by 19th century novelist and poet Josiah Gilbert Holland, titled “Give us Men!:”

What book had Glenn Beck reciting poetry on air?

Engraving of Josiah Gilbert Holland (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Give us Men!
Men-from every rank,
Fresh and free and frank;
Men of thought and reading,
Men of light and leading,
Men of loyal breeding,
The nation’s welfare speeding;
Men of faith and not of fiction,
Men of lofty aim in action;
Give us Men-I say again,
Give us Men!

Give us Men! Strong and stalwart ones;
Men whom highest hope inspires,
Men whom purest honor fires,
Men who trample self beneath them,
Men who make their country wreath them
As her noble sons,
Worthy of their sires;
Men who never shame their mothers,
Men who never fail their brothers,
True, however false are others:
Give us Men-I say again,
Give us Men!

Give us Men!
Men who, when the tempest gathers,
Grasp the standard of their fathers
In the thickest fight;
Men who strike for home and altar,
(Let the coward cringe and falter),
God defend the right!
True as truth the lorn and lonely,
Tender, as the brave are only,
Men who treat where saints have trod,
Men for Country, Home- and God:
Give us Men! I say again- again-
Give us Men!

Glenn also read the following from a highlighted passage of Mansfield’s book: “[The good news is] Any man no matter his appearance or voice, can be a great man, because masculine greatness is about the doing, not about the appearance.”

To this Glenn added his own spin on Mansfield’s message: “Greatness is about the doing. It’s not about the thinking, it’s not about the saying, it’s not about the appearances. It’s not about anything…People will remember you for what you’ve done: good or bad you will be remembered for what you have done. Do something. Do what you were meant to do.”