Source: Rock Island Argus
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “Farewell”
Author(s): Hassler, C. C.
City of publication: Rock Island, Illinois
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 285
|Hassler, C. C. “Farewell.” Rock Island Argus 19 Sept. 1901 v50n285: p. 7.|
|William McKinley (mourning: poetry); William McKinley (death: poetry).|
|“Written by C. C. Hassler, Bloomington poet laureate M. W. A., and presented to The Argus by the Head Office” (p. 7).|
When prayers ascend and tears are shed,
And nations pay to honored dead—
High tribute to his fame,
We’ll weave our tributes in a crown,
And lay them sadly, gently down,
With wreathes [sic] of immortelles, to live,
And fadeless, in all ages to give
A lustre to his name.
W[h]ere mountain peaks b[l]end western skies,
Or southland, where, ’neath balmy skies,
The sweet magnolias bloom—
In all the land each stricken heart
Will share a patriot’s loyal part
And, joined in tears, as one, will lay
Our gift—a nation’s love—today
Upon hi[s] silent tomb.
Farewell kind husband, comrade. When,
Like perfume sweet of flowers, again
The springtime breezes swell,
We’ll think of thee with reverent thought
And bless the work thy mind hath wrought.
Farewell—God’s will, not ours, be done;
Life’s battle’s o’er, the victory’s won,
Farewell; a last farewell.