Publication information

Songs of Two Centuries
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “A Man Has Died”
Author(s): Carleton, Will
Publisher: Harper and Brothers
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1902
Pagination: 124

Carleton, Will. “A Man Has Died.” Songs of Two Centuries. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1902: p. 124.
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William McKinley (death: poetry).
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From title page: By Will Carleton, Author of “Farm Ballads,” “Farm Festivals,” “City Legends,” “Rhymes of Our Planet,” Etc. Etc.

A Man Has Died


September 14, 1901.

A man has died—and so have myriads more—
     They will, while yet this dying earth lives on;
But when a leader makes the utmost shore,
     We sadly look toward where his ship has gone,
And only get this message from the dead:
“Study the past: my words have all been said.”

A woman mourns—as woman always must,
     So long as joy has penalties of pain;
How sadly creeps that sweet soul in the dust!
     And yet her fearful woe is not in vain:
It teaches us that though love long endure,
Only in Heaven its raptures are secure.