Source: Poems of American History
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “The Comfort of the Trees”
Author(s): Gilder, Richard Watson
Editor(s): Stevenson, Burton Egbert
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Place of publication: Boston, Massachusetts
Year of publication: 1908
|Gilder, Richard Watson. “The Comfort of the Trees.” Poems of American History. Ed. Burton Egbert Stevenson. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1908: p. 650.|
|William McKinley (poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).|
|From title page: Collected and Edited by Burton Egbert Stevenson.|
The Comfort of the Trees
GENTLE and generous, brave-hearted, kind,
And full of love and trust was he, our chief;
He never harmed a soul! Oh, dull and blind
And cruel, the hand that smote, beyond belief!
Strike him? It could not be! Soon should we find
’T was but a torturing dream—our sudden grief!
Then sobs and wailings down the northern wind
Like the wild voice of shipwreck from a reef!
By false hope lulled (his courage gave us hope!)
By day, by night we watched,—until unfurled
At last the word of fate!—Our memories
Cherish one tender thought in their sad scope:
He, looking from the window on this world,
Found comfort in the moving green of trees.