Source: The Life of William McKinley, Twenty-Fifth President of the United States
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “William McKinley”
Author(s): Richardson, Mary E. M. [poem]; Snow, Jane Elliott [book]
Publisher: Imperial Press
Place of publication: Cleveland, Ohio
Year of publication: 1908
|Richardson, Mary E. M. “William McKinley.” The Life of William McKinley, Twenty-Fifth President of the United States. By Jane Elliott Snow. Cleveland: Imperial Press, 1908: p. 12.|
|William McKinley (poetry); McKinley assassination (poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).|
|From title page: By Jane Elliott Snow, Author of “Women of Tennyson” and “Coates Family History.”|
(Jan. 29, 1843—Sept. 14, 1901)
He wore no formidable panoply.
His shield was faith; his breast-plate righteousness.
The brotherhood of man did he confess
By love that thinks no evil—charity.
This quality confers supremacy.
In fortitude, in gentle manliness,
He had been great e’en were his station less;
And yet his outstretched hand met perfidy.
Alas, O Land of Liberty for thee
When dastards seek for victims such as he.
But say not he is dead; His spirit passed
Into a heritage of rest; at last
This boon was gained for which our chieftain sighed.
He is immortal. Say not that he died.