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Source: Century Magazine
Source type: magazine
Document type: poem
Document title: “The Comfort of the Trees: The Dying President: September, 1901”
Author(s): Gilder, Richard Watson
Date of publication: November 1901
Volume number: 63
Issue number: 1
Pagination: 147

Gilder, Richard Watson. “The Comfort of the Trees: The Dying President: September, 1901.” Century Magazine Nov. 1901 v63n1: p. 147.
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William McKinley (poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).
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Authorship of poem attributed to R. W. G.


The Comfort of the Trees

The Dying President: September, 1901

Gentle and generous, brave-hearted, kind,
     And full of love and trust was he, our chief;
     He never harmed a soul! Oh, dull and blind
     And cruel, the hand that smote, beyond belief!
Strike him? It could not be! Soon should we find
     ’T was but a torturing dream—our sudden grief!—
     Then sobs and wailings down the northern wind
     Like the wild voice of shipwreck from a reef!

By false hope lulled (his courage gave us hope!)
     By day, by night we watched,—until unfurled
     At last the word of fate!—Our memories
Cherish one tender thought in their sad scope:
     He, looking from the window on this world,
     Found comfort in the moving green of trees.

SEPTEMBER 16, 1901.



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