Source: Atlanta Constitution
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “McKinley”
Author(s): Small, Sam W.
City of publication: Atlanta, Georgia
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: 34
Issue number: none
|Small, Sam W. “McKinley.” Atlanta Constitution 19 Sept. 1901 v34: p. 6.|
|William McKinley (poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).|
Today, O Mother Earth, take back thy clay!
The spirit that employ’d it, by its flight
Beyond the stars into th’ Eternal Day
Bequeathes it thee—it is thy lender’s right.
We only plead that thou wilt safe enfold
This dust made sacred by a people’s grief.
’Twas Honor’s tent—a Patriot’s pure stronghold—
The watch-room of the nation’s loyal chief!
He loved his native land and used his life
To serve her larger growth in strength and fame,
Ensuing arts of Peace, deploring Strife,
Resisting all that threaten’d Wrong or Shame.
Though senseless Anarchy made him its mark
His mortal death was but immortal birth!
Each freeman’s heart shall be his memory’s ark,
While Liberty extols his peerless worth!
Atlanta, Ga., September 19, 1901.