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Source: Cameron County Press
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “‘It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done’”
Author(s): Coffin, John P.
City of publication: Emporium, Pennsylvania
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: 36
Issue number: 30
Pagination: 1

 
Citation
Coffin, John P. “‘It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.’” Cameron County Press 19 Sept. 1901 v36n30: p. 1.
 
Transcription
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Keywords
McKinley assassination (poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).
 
Named persons
James A. Garfield; William McKinley [in notes].
 
Notes
Line breaks, line indentations, and (by best guess) punctuation have been adjusted below in order to account for what appear to be errors and/or poor print quality in the original document.

“The following lines, written by John P. Coffin, were suggested by the last words of President McKinley. . .” (p. 1).
 
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“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done”

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: To send across the trackless deep,
     The unexplored, wild waters of the sea
     And plant a nation which should stand
               For Human Liberty.

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: To give his children strength and faith
     To brave the terrors of an unknown land,
     That with clear conscience they might worship Him,
               A faithful band.

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: To bring oppression’s heavy hand
     To uphold the cause of freedom from the King.
     And to the Lord alone, their life, their love,
               Their tribute bring.

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be D[on]e.”
     God’s Way: To form a Nation from the States,
     A Nation which shall stand before the world
     To uphold the cause of freedom where’er
               Its Flag’s unfurled.

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: Through bloody fratricidal strife,
     To free our Nation from its horde of slaves
     And bind in closer union o’er two million
               Brothers’ graves.

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: That he who held the helm of State,
     When loudly roared the storm of civil strife,
     Should by assassin be [l]aid low in
               Very flush of life.

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: When bitter party strife came up,
     And rancor swelled i[n] billows wild and high,
     He called a halt, through Garfield’s death, and
               Passed the quarrel by.

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: That despot nation should force war,
     To bring together those who fought before,
     While heart with heart, and hand in hand, they
               Both the same flag bore.

[“It] Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: That when peace reigned and war had ceased
     That anarchy’s upli[f]ted hand should fall
     On him the people loved, and seemed to need,
               The most of all.

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: Twas thus he brought the Nation back,
     In hour of anguish, when the tears would flow.
     They prayed to Him, “If ’tis thy will, Oh, God,
               Avert the blow.”

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: His servant’s work on earth was done,
     And now, triumphant, he could conquer death,
     And fill the world with thoughts of God with his
               Last dying breath.

“It Is God’s Way; His Will, Not Ours, Be Done.”
     God’s Way: We cannot always read aright,
     But still we know His way alone is best,
     And those who love, and trust in Him,
               Forever will be ble[s]t.

 

 


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