Source: Timely Topics
Source type: magazine
Document type: poem
Document title: “Lux e Tenebris”
Date of publication: 27 September 1901
Volume number: 6
Issue number: 4
|“Lux e Tenebris.” Timely Topics 27 Sept. 1901 v6n4: p. 61.|
|William McKinley (death: poetry).|
Lux e Tenebris
“Nearer to thee;” with dying lips he spoke
The sacred words of Christian hope and cheer,
As toward the Valley of the Shadow passed
His calm, heroic soul that knew not fear.
“Thy will be done;” the anxious watchers heard
The faint low whisper in the silent room;
Earth’s darkness merging fast into the dawn,
Eternal Day for Night of somber gloom.
“It is God’s will;” as he had lived he died—
Statesman and soldier, fearing not to bear
Fate’s heavy cross; while swift from sea to sea
Rolled the deep accents of a nation’s prayer.
“Dust unto dust;” in solemn state he lies
Who bowed to Death, yet won a deathless name,
And wears in triumph on his marble brow
The martyr’s crown, the hero’s wreath of fame.