Source: Pawtuxet Valley Gleaner
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “President McKinley”
Author(s): Campbell, E. F.
City of publication: Phenix, Rhode Island
Date of publication: 4 October 1901
Volume number: 26
Issue number: 40
|Campbell, E. F. “President McKinley.” Pawtuxet Valley Gleaner 4 Oct. 1901 v26n40: p. 4.|
|William McKinley (death: poetry); McKinley assassination (poetry).|
|The condition of the newspaper (an online scanned document) is poor in places, rendering punctuation and selected letters difficult or impossible to read. A best guess is given below as to what the punctuation is intended to be.|
Sl[ee]p on! dear soul of honor, sl[ee]p!
’Tis b[es]t, ’tis b[es]t thou ne’er can see
Th[e] grief that wrings thy nation’s heart;
H[e]r t[e]ars that fr[ee]ly flow for th[ee.]
O, pri[c]el[es]s lif[e]! O, faith[f]ul h[e]art!
We s[e]e th[ee] fading from our sight.
The Ship of Stat[e] will [s]till [s]ail on,
But in th[ee] sh[e]’s lost on[e] glorious light.
O, Chri[s]tian hero, martyr, saint,
No soul that liveth can compreh[e]nd
Why thy gr[e]at lif[e], so pure and bright,
Should m[e]et this sad and wo[e]ful end.
O, l[e]ad[e]r of th[e] gr[ea]t republi[c],
Honor[e]d [b]y h[e]r [he]art and hand,
Would God this fat[e] had not b[ee]n thin[e],
And thou w[e]rt spa[re]d to thy d[ea]r land.
“Lead Kindly Light,” lead him still on
Through that p[e]ac[e]ful home of r[e]st
So w[e] may turn asid[e] from gri[e]f,
To s[ee] him smiling with the bl[e]ss[e]d!
Far[e]w[e]ll! d[e]ar, faithful, trusting soul,
D[e]ath h[e]ld for the[e] no doubts, no fears;
Farew[e]ll ’till [we?] will m[ee]t again
B[e]yond this d[a]rk, sad v[a]l[e] of tears.