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Source: The Collected Poems of Arthur Upson
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “The Sequoia, ‘William McKinley’”
Author(s): Upson, Arthur
Editor(s): Burton, Richard
Volume number: 1
Publisher:
Edmund D. Brooks
Place of publication: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Year of publication:
1909
Pagination: 51

 
Citation
Upson, Arthur. “The Sequoia, ‘William McKinley.’” The Collected Poems of Arthur Upson. Ed. Richard Burton. Vol. 1. Minneapolis: Edmund D. Brooks, 1909: p. 51.
 
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Keywords
William McKinley [tree] (poetry); William McKinley (poetry).
 
Named persons
none.
 
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The Sequoia, “William McKinley”

HE who in dying blessed the peaceful trees
     That lulled the slow grief of the lapsing year
     Towards tranquil death, is best remembered here.
He leaves a name that shall make holier these
Huge temple pillars where the organing breeze,
     Always at requiem, fills the atmosphere,
     And does to their eternal roof uprear
Perpetual music of great memories.
Men raised rich temples in the days antique
     To serve memorial unto virtues wan
     Beside his. Him no rites shall celebrate
Gold-bought, ephemeral as their altar-reek—
     But, while time is, he here in solemn state
     Shall hold fit place in Nature’s pantheon.

 

 


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