chief magistrate lies dead upon
Most sacred ties have been snapped
And our beloved President is now no more.
By the dread assassin he was slain;
In that critical moment danger drew nigh—
By the anarchist he was doomed thus to die.
Ah, cruel fate, that did lurk and thus await
Where the nation’s treasures did
Within our Columbia’s Exposition gate
In a moment stricken to the ground.
With his foe stood face to face, the flash, the sound,
By the bullet he was stricken to the ground.
In a flash the nation’s joy turned into grief,
And a wail of sorrow reached the
Millions of loyal subjects were forced to weep,
As he was wounded before their
Fatally. By the assassin’s bullet’s sting
The nation’s heart in sorrow was made to ring.
The nation loved him, yea, she loves him now,
From north to south and from east
As they together in sable grief doth bow.
The nation’s heart bleeds within
As she bows her head and in her anguish cry:
“My God, my God!” She sees her President die. 
Lower the Stars and Stripes: they with us shall mourn
O’er the nation’s head in death
And at half mast they shall float from eve to morn.
In grief together his name adore,
Speak reverently underneath the pall of death—
The life has gone, the most vital spark, his breath.
The nation’s chief laid low, even with the dust—
By his sudden death our spirits
Whilst that vacant chair in the White House, so lone,
Shines more lustrous than a monarch’s
Tread softly, speak gently, grief our hearts consume,
As we lay him away in the silent tomb.
Ye heavens bow down and mingle with our grief—
Through these trying times thus
guide us safe.
Whilst o’er his demise we in our sorrow weep,
We commend to thee our ship
Go thou before our face and thus guide our way—
Bring us through the gloom into the light of day.
We stand to-day through him where we never stood
Before. “Cuba’s Island” he has
By the great sacrifice of our nation’s blood—
’T was a noble act, sublime indeed.
He’s the noble hero of the present age,
Written not with ink on our history’s page.
Our President’s blood is crying from the ground.
And shall it to us thus cry in
Traitors within the camp! It’s the bugle sound!
They our noble President have
Justice it demands! Shall we that justice give?
To arms, if need be: our liberty must live.