Source: Paterson Weekly Press
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “In Memoriam”
Author(s): Elmer, Agnes Robinson
City of publication: Paterson, New Jersey
Date of publication: 3 October 1901
Volume number: 37
Issue number: 40
|Elmer, Agnes Robinson. “In Memoriam.” Paterson Weekly Press 3 Oct. 1901 v37n40: p. 1.|
|William McKinley (mourning: poetry); McKinley assassination (poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).|
The condition of the newspaper (an online scanned document) is poor in places, rendering half of the letters in the author’s name illegible. Most likely the name is Mrs. Peter Elmer. Since the newspaper does not identify her place of residence, the presumption herein is that she resides in Paterson, which therefore makes her Agnes Robinson Elmer.
Punctuation is sometimes not fully legible in the original document. A best guess is given below as to what the punctuation is intended to be.
[For TP .]
A nation mourns a godly man
As well as [h]er exalted chief,
Slain in his prime by a coward’s hand
Because of anarchist’s belief.
McKinley’s dead, yet still he lives,
Forever in the hearts of men;
Gone to his Maker, He that gives
And then takes to Himself again.
“Lead, Kindly Light,” his favorite hymn;
Th[e] lig[h]t he followed thro’ the years;
The light he saw when eyes were dim
And clo[s]ing on this vale of tears.
Gone to his rest, our noble dead,
The rest at last he longed to find;
God’s blessing rest upon the head
Of her he loved and left behind.
To those who watche[d], he faintly said:
“God’s will, not ours, be done;”
Then san[?] to sleep, that blessed sleep
That [God?] gives to his own.
Then wrap the flag, the dear old fl[a]g
Ar[o]und his honored [b]ier,
And who shall scoff if on that flag
The n[a]tio[n] drops [a] tear.
Sept. 19, 1901.