Source: St. John Daily Sun
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “A Small Tribute to the Martyred President McKinley”
Author(s): Sproule, R.
City of publication: St. John, Canada
Date of publication: 21 September 1901
Volume number: 24
Issue number: 227
|Sproule, R. “A Small Tribute to the Martyred President McKinley.” St. John Daily Sun 21 Sept. 1901 v24n227: p. 7.|
|William McKinley (death: poetry).|
|Jesus Christ [in notes].|
In the original source, the author’s name, which appears at the end of the poem, is followed by the quoted line “Safe in the arms of Jesus.”
“R. Sproule, M. D.” (p. 7).
A Small Tribute to the Martyred President McKinley
Mourn, all countries! Toll, sad bells!
And walk with hushed and quiet tread!
For the leader of a nation lies
Peaceful—silent! Cold and dead!
While the old flag he loved well
Is flying at half-mast!
And every nation on the globe
Stands speechless and aghast—
At the fiendish heart and hand,
Inspired by words of hate,
Which hurled a bullet, swift and sure
At a hero good and and [sic] great.
And we cry with trembling voice—
Oh, God! Our help must come
From thy great tender heart of love;
“Thy will—not ours—be done.”
“Good-bye! Good-bye to all;
’Tis God’s way; He knows best!”
And quietly the martyred one
Sank to his last long rest.
He does not hear our cries;
He does not feel the thrill
That stirs the land from east to west,
For he lies pale and still!
So wreathe sad emblems! Toll, deep bells!
And walk with quiet tread;
For the hero of a nation lies
Peaceful—silent. Cold and dead.