What Constitutes A State
What constitutes a state? Not high-raised battlements or labored mound,
Thick wall or moated gate; Not cities proud, with spires and turrets crowned;
Not bays and broad-arm ports, Where, laughing at the storm, rich navies ride;
Not starred and spangled courts, Where low-browed baseness wafts perfume to pride.
No! Men - high-minded men, With powers as far above dull brutes endued,
In forest, brake, or den, As beasts excel cold rocks and brambles rude;
Men who their duties know, But know their rights, and, knowing, dare maintain;
Prevent the long-aimed blow, And crush the tyrant while they rend the chain.
These constitute a state; And sovereign law, that state's collected will,
O'er thrones and globes elate Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.
Sir William Jones.