Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “My Country”
Author(s): Randolph, Arthur D. F.
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: 72
Issue number: 38
|Randolph, Arthur D. F. “My Country.” Evangelist 19 Sept. 1901 v72n38: p. 3.|
|William McKinley (mourning: poetry); McKinley assassination (poetry).|
Bow down unto the dust your lofty head:
Strip you of all your rich and proud attire;
In sackcloth and in ashes humbly tread:
With shame and sorrow let your prayers be said,
In this the hour of grief, and peril dire.
Foul was the heart that prompted such a deed:
Great was the man who in death’s silence lies—
Was it the lust of wealth, or love of greed
Had aught to do with making of the breed
That called our honored Chief to sacrifice?
Be still! God reigns! His purpose will unfold
The lesson of this saddened, chastened hour.
Unfurl the banner as in days of old;
Write on the Stars and Stripes in letters bold,
Thine is the Kingdom, Glory, and the Power.