Source: Atlanta Constitution
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “A Garland from the Gray”
Author(s): Stanton, Frank L.
City of publication: Atlanta, Georgia
Date of publication: 20 September 1901
Volume number: 34
Issue number: none
|Stanton, Frank L. “A Garland from the Gray.” Atlanta Constitution 20 Sept. 1901 v34: p. 1.|
|McKinley funeral services (poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).|
A Garland from the Gray
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 battle he towered
A beacon—a strength to the brave,
And Freedom, low-kneeling, has showered
Her tears on his grave.
FALL, flags, o’er the sod where he’s lying;
Moan, winds of the world, as ye sweep
Over States unto sad States replying,
O’er oceans where deep calls to deep!
Clasp hands Time shall never dissever,
Though Fate strike with wrath and with rod,
Where he rests in a world’s Love forever—
In the great Peace of God!