Source: Trailing Arbutus
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “Lead Thou the Way”
Author(s): Rowan, Lelia M.
Publisher: none given
Place of publication: Lansing, Michigan
Year of publication: 1902
|Rowan, Lelia M. “Lead Thou the Way.” Trailing Arbutus. Lansing: [n.p.], 1902: pp. 127-28.|
|William McKinley (mourning: poetry); anarchism (poetry); McKinley assassination (poetry); William McKinley (poetry).|
From title page: By Mrs. Lelia M. Rowan.
From title page: Robert Smith Printing Company.
Lead Thou the Way
[Written on the death of President McKinley.]
Beneath the bitter chastening rod,
In deep humility, to-day
A nation breathes—In Thee oh, God;
In Thee we trust, lead Thou the way;
Amid the gloom and tears we pray,
Lead Thou the way, lead Thou the way.
Have we, in blindness nourished wrong
Unwittingly, through freedom’s claim,
Till vipers writhing ’mid the throng,
A nation moves to tears and shame?
Our father’s God, turn not away,
Be Thou our tower of strength to-day. 
The horoscope of time lays bare;
We see in this most awful deed
The problem solved, the people’s care,
To pluck from earth the dangerous seed.
Our Nation’s God, give us the will—
Lead Thou the way, be with us still.
The life of our illustrious Chief,
A benediction sweet has been;
His death so grand, so fraught with grief,
A benediction brings again,
And while the nation mourns to-day,
The God he trusted leads the way.
The kingly life so lost to earth,
Was fashioned by a mother’s prayer;
A saintly mother love gave birth
To character sublimely fair;
To Thee, that mother’s God we pray,
From out the gloom lead Thou the way.