Publication information
view printer-friendly version
Source: Gethsemane and Other Writings
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “Death of President McKinley”
Author(s): Reed, Anna Morrison
Publisher: Northern Crown Publishing Company
Place of publication: Petaluma, California
Year of publication: 1915
Pagination: 34

Reed, Anna Morrison. “Death of President McKinley.” Gethsemane and Other Writings. Petaluma: Northern Crown Publishing, 1915: p. 34.
full text
William McKinley (death: poetry).
Named persons
From title page: Author of “Earlier Poems of Anna M. Morrison,” the “Later Poems of Anna Morrison Reed,” and “The Latest and Later Poems,” 1896.

From title page: Engravings by the Sierra Art Engraving Co., San Francisco.


Death of President McKinley


THE roll of drums, the tolling of the bells,
The frailty of life sublimely tells
How vain—how transient and how brief is power;
It all is vanquished in death’s solemn hour.
“I cannot let him go.” Love, shrinking cried;
“God’s will, not ours be done,” he said, and died.
O, brave, true heart! Such faith can time defy,
All else may change, but truth can never die.
Wise is that Providence he trusted in,
Wiser and mightier than wrong and sin.
Living, the country that he served, he blest;
Dying, he left it, as his last bequest,
The proud example of man’s noblest aim,
A Christian patriot in life and name.



top of page