Source: The Monarch and Other Poems
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “William McKinley”
Author(s): Flagg, John H.
Publisher: none given
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1902
|Flagg, John H. “William McKinley.” The Monarch and Other Poems. New York: [n.p.], 1902: p. 9.|
|William McKinley (poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).|
Tto each trust and best when trusted most,—
For Country first, though facing peace or war,—
Making, in peace, its greatness greater still,
While yet in war his young but manly breast
On many a blood-soaked, death-strewn battle-field
Was bared to shield a Nation’s heart from harm.
This man of God, born fit to lead the way
And lift mankind to nobler, loftier heights,
Alas! by Anarch’s poisoned fang lies slain!
And when he fell, lo, in remotest lands
Were mingled tears and solemn, tolling bells
Proclaiming anguish equal to our own.
That blameless life,—that apt, sagacious tongue,
Though hushed on earth forevermore, yet speak
As with an angel’s trumpet and declare
The better life is lingering with us still.