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Source: The Poets and Poetry of Buffalo
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “William McKinley”
Author(s): MacManus, Theodore F.
Editor(s): Johnston, James N.
Publisher: Matthews-Northrup Works
Place of publication: Buffalo, New York
Year of publication: 1904
Pagination: 372

MacManus, Theodore F. “William McKinley.” The Poets and Poetry of Buffalo. Ed. James N. Johnston. Buffalo: Matthews-Northrup Works, 1904: p. 372.
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William McKinley (mourning: poetry).
Named persons
Author is identified in the book as Theodore Francis MacManus.


William McKinley


HOT with the tears that choke and blind,
Bear with us, Lord, till we be resigned.
Our hearts are human—he was our chief—
Bear with the anger that mars our grief.
Time! O, Lord, till the fight be won—
Time, to falter “Thy will be done!”

Made kind by sorrow, with joy elate,
We had thought, O, Lord, to watch and wait
Till the mists of doubt had cleared away,
That we might come to his couch and say
“Son of the people, arise and see
A nation made one by sympathy.”

And now, O, Lord, we are at his bier—
We cry aloud, but he cannot hear!
Our love unspoken, our message lost,
In heart and brain we are tempest-tossed.
Time! O, Lord, till the fight be won—
Time, to falter “Thy will be done!”



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