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Source: Daily Morning Journal and Courier
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “In Memory of William McKinley”
Author(s): Guion, Katherine St. John
City of publication: New Haven, Connecticut
Date of publication: 20 September 1901
Volume number: 67
Issue number: 225
Pagination: [7]

 
Citation
Guion, Katherine St. John. “In Memory of William McKinley.” Daily Morning Journal and Courier 20 Sept. 1901 v67n225: p. [7].
 
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Keywords
William McKinley (mourning: poetry); William McKinley (poetry); Ida McKinley (poetry).
 
Named persons
none.
 
Notes
The poem (below) is published under the pseudonym Keith Saint John. This pseudonym sometimes appears in print as Keith St. John instead, as with the author’s 1904 collection, Three Gifts and Other Poems, wherein this poem is reprinted. Copyright for the book is credited to Katherine St. J. (Noyes) Guion.
 
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In Memory of William McKinley

To that fine nature born in forty-three,
Two centuries of people bow the knee.
The heart of his Republic throbs with pain,
For prayers and skill to save his life were vain.
“Good bye, it is God’s way, His will be done,”
Fit dying words for Freedom’s noble son.
So wise, so steadfast and so loyal true,
He taught to all mankind what man may do.
The people chose him first in our dear land,
The lowliest in it still might take his hand.
Head, hand and heart all fed his country’s life,
Nor yet forgot the measure due his wife.
Sad, gentle soul, that bravely did her part
To soothe his pain, a martyr sure thou art.
A nation’s prayers surround thee night and day
And beg God’s healing for Thy dark dismay
Intripid [sic] soul, now standing in his place,
To thee our greeting and God send thee grace.

 

 


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