Source: Minneapolis Journal
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “The Dead President”
Author(s): Burton, Richard
City of publication: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: none
|Burton, Richard. “The Dead President.” Minneapolis Journal 14 Sept. 1901: part 2, p. 16.|
|McKinley assassination (poetry).|
“University of Minnesota, Sept. 14, 1901” (p. 16).
The author’s name is given as “Rich’d Burton.”
The Dead President
A mighty land, moved in her soul to tears,
Hung on the heart-beats of a man, whose brow
Had dauntless braved the perils of the past
And led the people from the place of fears
Into the peace and promise of the Now.
A dastard struck: the great heart strove its best,
Then fluttered, stilled; like any child at rest
He lay, and knew God’s purposes, at last.
To our blind sight, O Lord, thy ways seem stern:
But surely (as the dark before the day)
The Children of the Pit must flee away;
By such grim lessons must the Nation learn.