Source: The Charm of Youth
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “Extempore Sonnet on the Assassination of William McKinley, September 6, 1901”
Author(s): Jessup, Alexander
Publisher: Herbert B. Turner and Co.
Place of publication: Boston, Massachusetts
Year of publication: 1905
|Jessup, Alexander. “Extempore Sonnet on the Assassination of William McKinley, September 6, 1901.” The Charm of Youth. Boston: Herbert B. Turner, 1905: pp. 81-82.|
|William McKinley (death: poetry).|
Extempore Sonnet on the Assassination of William McKinley, September 6, 1901
Lost to the world! and we may hope well flown
Is all the transitory round of strife,
Concerns of peace and armies, all unknown
In that far land which counts the cost of life.
Yes! ’t is the soul of man alone that lives
Truly on earth, and more forever where
Deeds are undone, and thought’s fulfillment gives
The Eternal—dreams are all undreamt of there!
Not by the shouts of nations is begun
Eternity’s true judgment; no, ’t is made
In each small life; the unforgotten sun 
Is that which shines on some fair, peaceful glade.
Since, though we know not, we may hope his song
Has found a truer music—mourn not long!