Source: Omar and Fitzgerald and Other Poems
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “To the Nation’s Dead”
Author(s): Jury, John G.
Publisher: Whitaker and Ray Company
Place of publication: San Francisco, California
Year of publication: 1903
|Jury, John G. “To the Nation’s Dead.” Omar and Fitzgerald and Other Poems. San Francisco: Whitaker and Ray, 1903: pp. 44-45.|
|William McKinley (mourning: poetry).|
|“These lines first appeared in a California newspaper on the morning of President McKinley’s burial” (p. vi).|
To the Nation’s Dead
Yon cloud-craped mountains sadly stand
About thy tomb;
The mountains of a mighty land
Are robed in gloom.
Strong oaks drip tears upon the sod,
On mount, in dell;
While slender bluebells droop and nod,
To ring thy knell.
The sobbing ocean sweeps the bar,
And breaks in moans,—
Re-echoing from the deep afar
Its minor tones;
Along the reef the choral waves
Recede and surge,
And choir with winds o’er deep sea-graves,
A solemn dirge.
Resigned to all the ways of God,
In peace he sleeps;
Columbia, bowed above the sod,
In silence weeps.
We feel, we know that love is locked
Within a tear;
And ne’er is heart of courage mocked
By slavish fear.
The silent stars from somber heights,
And lonely towers,
Enhallow all these simple rites
And forms of ours,— 
Upon the altars of our pain
Heaven’s radiance shed,—
Renew the promise, Man again
Shall live, though dead.