Source: Seedlings from My Wild Garden
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “William McKinley”
Author(s): Hale, Anne Gardner
Publisher: Abbey Press
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1902
|Hale, Anne Gardner. “William McKinley.” Seedlings from My Wild Garden. New York: Abbey Press, 1902: p. 107.|
|William McKinley (death: poetry); McKinley assassination (poetry).|
CLOSE to the shadow of God’s throne,
And clinging to God’s arm of might—
To him in early youth made known—
A godly man, a blameless knight;
On his white shield of truth engrossed
The symbol of the Christian host.
So passed he here—God’s gracious will
Making his own. When duty called
To serve his country, or to fill
Her highest station, unappalled.
Serene—sublime—e’en when must come
By the assassin’s hand his doom.
God grant this martyr’s blood may prove
A healing balm to cure dissent!
Rulers and ruled, in faith and love,
To our just laws obedient;
And this beloved land henceforth
Owned by all nations chief of earth!