Source: Pittsburg Press
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “Columbia Weeps”
Author(s): Shannon, J. Vernon
City of publication: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Date of publication: 22 September 1901
Volume number: 18
Issue number: 263
|Shannon, J. Vernon. “Columbia Weeps.” Pittsburg Press 22 Sept. 1901 v18n263: sect. 2, p. 18.|
|William McKinley (mourning: poetry); McKinley assassination (poetry); anarchism (poetry).|
|The condition of the newspaper (an online scanned document) is poor in places, rendering punctuation difficult or impossible to read. A best guess is given below as to what the punctuation is intended to be.|
For her brave chief is dead;
He, whom the nation loved is gone.
Toll, toll the bells, weep, weep for him,
America’s true son!
Her captain is no more;
Her heart with heavy grief is torn[.]
The sun shines dim, the days are dark,
All nature looks forlorn!
A fiend in human shape,
Has slain her hero grand;
With coward hand has stricken down
The noblest in the land!
And as her tears fall fast
She maketh this decree:
In her broad land, where’er ’tis found,
Down, down with anarchy!