Source: Up from Georgia
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “William McKinley”
Author(s): Stanton, Frank L.
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
Publisher location: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1902
|Stanton, Frank L. “William McKinley.” Up from Georgia. New York: D. Appleton, 1902: p. 176.|
|William McKinley (death: poetry); William McKinley (mourning: poetry).|
|From title page: By Frank L. Stanton, Author of “Songs of the Soil,” etc.|
Weeping skies that would seem to deplore him
Cast shadows on stars and on suns;
Drooped flags that are shivering o’er him
To a far-rolling thunder of guns!
And great bells that rock the starred steeples
And moan to the heavens above,
But dearer than all things—a people’s
Devotion and love!
O Northland and Southland far-sighing
Your grief, in this hour unblest,
He died for his country, and dying
Was folded in Love to her breast.
In the storm of the battle he towered
A beacon—a strength to the brave,
And Freedom, low-kneeling, has showered
Her tears on his grave.