Source: Manufacturers and Farmers Journal
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “In Memoriam”
Author(s): Pyke, James T.
City of publication: Providence, Rhode Island
Date of publication: 16 September 1901
Volume number: 82
Issue number: 74
|Pyke, James T. “In Memoriam.” Manufacturers and Farmers Journal 16 Sept. 1901 v82n74: p. 6.|
|McKinley assassination (poetry).|
“Noblesse oblige”:—a worthy soul
Of its high service pays the price;
The highest to the lowest yields
Its whole of sacrifice.
As hang the heavy clouds in fold
On fold on dark, funereal days,
The murk of evil’s mystery
Shuts down on earthly ways;
While winds of destiny frequent
Resound, shaking life’s unseen doors,
And Fate’s set footsteps ghostly beat
Around the world’s vast shores.
But still the hope of good survives
The thick mephitic gloom of sin,
And toward the sacred secret draws
By changeful chance let in.
For One presides o’er chance and change,
O’erruling and transforming all;
And movements that bewildering seem
Within His purpose fall.
Nor will He stay His shaping clasp
Around the troubled nations thrown,
Until humanity be raised,
Configured to His own.
Providence, Sept. 14.