Source: National Magazine
Source type: magazine
Document type: poem
Document title: “Columbia Triumphant”
Author(s): Waterman, Nixon
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 15
Issue number: 1
|Waterman, Nixon. “Columbia Triumphant.” National Magazine Oct. 1901 v15n1: p. 4.|
|William McKinley (mourning: poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).|
|James A. Garfield; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley; George Washington.|
|The poem below is accompanied on the same page by an illustration of McKinley.|
A NATION mourns. Across the sky
Has crept a shadow of despair;
The song is hushed within the sigh;
Columbia bows herself in prayer.
Ay, bows herself as bowed she when
The noble Lincoln sank to rest,
And Garfield, chosen son of men,
Slept with his hands across his breast.
Columbia, daughter of the skies,
Child of the free-born and the brave,
In strength and beauty shall arise
To wreath with love a new-made grave.
Still bright and brighter still shall gleam
Her splendid stars as each new sun
Shall yet fulfill the deathless dream
Of her immortal Washington.
Her precious past full-sanctified
By golden deeds on land and sea,
Shall sit enthroned with truth beside
The grander days that are to be.
McKinley sleeps. We shrine our dead
And bathe with tears their hallowed graves
While kissed with sunshine overhead,
“Old Glory”, still triumphant, waves.