A Hymn of Empire and Other Poems

by Frederick George Scott


 

WILLIAM MCKINLEY

(A tribute of Kindred)


 

BROTHER of kings and king of brother men,
    Hero and martyr, lo! thou dost not sleep.
Thy dauntless soul, beyond our mortal ken,
    Pursues life’s journey through the eternal deep.

Elsewhere, not here, lives on the lofty aim,

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    The iron purpose of a steadfast life,
The strong, brave heart that forged a deathless name,
    The tender love of duty, land and wife.

O mighty Sister in our royal line,
    America! guard well his sacred dust.

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Thy grief is ours, e’en as our blood is thine—
    We twain who hold the great world’s peace in trust.

Quebec, September 14, 1901.