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Source: Buffalo Courier
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “But We Must Jest Tomorrow”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 20 September 1901
Volume number: 66
Issue number: 263
Pagination: 4

 
Citation
“But We Must Jest Tomorrow.” Buffalo Courier 20 Sept. 1901 v66n263: p. 4.
 
Transcription
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Keywords
Pan-American Exposition (poetry); William McKinley (mourning: poetry).
 
Named persons
none.
 
Document

 

But We Must Jest Tomorrow

We feel a little sadness yet,
     Out at the Exposition,
Occasional mists across the eyes
     Denote our hearts’ condition;
We’re not the thoughtless, jolly throng
     We were not long ago,
Our honored President is dead,
     And we all loved him so.

But grief must go its journey now
     And tears give place to laughter,
The days of sorrow must pass by
     And joy come following after,
For he who’s dead would have it so;
     Though tears with laughter mingle
The clown must chalk and paint his face,
     His bell-hung cap must jingle.

And like the clown we must go on,
     Our show is for the nation,
And we must laugh though hearts may ache,
     Of fun must give full ration;
And Laughter’s Lane must ring again,
     A street unknown to sorrow,
We mourned our dead there yesterday,
     But we must jest tomorrow.

Great crowds will come again full soon
     To throng the Rainbow City,
And we must wipe our tears away,
     For dirges sing a ditty;
No disrespect to him who’s gone,
     He said he wished it so,
So we’ll go on here just the same
     And hold the Pan-Am. show.

 

 


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