Source: Deseret Evening News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “Let ‘The Flag’ Droop”
Author(s): Woodmansee, Emily H.
City of publication: Salt Lake City, Utah
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: 52
Issue number: 259
|Woodmansee, Emily H. “Let ‘The Flag’ Droop.” Deseret Evening News 19 Sept. 1901 v52n259: p. 6.|
|McKinley assassination (poetry); anarchism (poetry).|
Let “The Flag” Droop
Let “The Flag” droop, this is no time for mirth,
Joy is suspended in this hour of F[a]te;
Let sympathetic souls o’er all the earth
Bewail the dire result of murderous hate.
Red-handed Anarchy, a victim sought;
Red-handed Anarchy, a victim found;
A nation’s loss, a widow’s grief is nought
To ruthless beasts of prey who lurk around.
Ingratitude! that braced a traitor’[s] hand
Has spread from sea to sea a funeral pall.
Is there a tongue so cruel in the land
That can the foul assassin’s deed extol?
The brightest mark attracts vile Envy’s gaze;
Hate strikes the for[e]most of the multitude;
Champions of right sleep in untimely graves—
Chieftains, whose chief offense was being good.
The annals of the martyr[e]d of our race
Shall long preserve McKinley’s stainless name;
His faith in God, that softened death’s embrace
Shall add fresh luster to Columbia’s fame.
Let “The Flag” droop. Treason its shaft has hurl’d!
Pity the widowed wife, the lonely mate.
Let “The Flag” droop, andshow [sic] to all the world
That Freedom’s sons respect the truly great.