Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “In Suspense”
Author(s): Munier, H. H.
City of publication: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of publication: 10 September 1901
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 20
|Munier, H. H. “In Suspense.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 10 Sept. 1901 v54n20: p. 6.|
|William McKinley (recovery: poetry); William McKinley (poetry).|
|H. H. Munier.|
|The poem below appears in the newspaper as a letter to the editor.|
To the Editor of the Post-Dispatch.
Written on the night following the attempt to assassinate our beloved President.
Your country sits up tonight waiting
A word of good news from your room.
The heart of your loving country
Is filled with unspeakable gloom.
No sleep comes e’en to the weary,
Until assured you will live.
While science is earnestly striving
Your people some hope to give.
We’re watching and hoping and praying
That science will win in the strife.
Your country has asked you to serve it,
But, oh, it does not ask your life.
It offers its heartfelt condolence
To that tender blossom of life,
Who shared with you trials and triumphs—
Your loving and dearly loved wife.
Our children, thou lover of children,
Who, even to them have grown dear,
After prayers for your life are now sleeping,
While in each little eye shines a tear.
So we ask our Father of Mercies,
In love for you and your wife,
Too, in loving kindness restore you,
And give you back health and life.
—H. H. Munier.