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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 200, December 1859

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Identifier: DX03127811

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 200, December 1859

Description: Jesse Haney's Christmas poem, which was read at the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.

Transcription:

191

[Jesse] Haney’s Christmas Rhymes.

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‘Twas late last night as I sat in my chair

Up in the lonely bachelor lair,

Toasting my toes and scenting the air

With a meerschaum’s soft perfume;

Though cosy at times that smoky old den,

That fraction of home for the singlest of men,

I fancied an air it had, just then,

Of dull discomfort and gloom.

The curtains hung down in dingy strings,

Rank pipes lay around and shabby things

Which the dainty poet never sings,

Nor, save when forced by the rhyme e’er brings

Into his polished verses.

The walls were cracked and the prints hungawry,

Loose papers around were a pain to the eye,

In the dust so thick any housewife would try

With the tip of her finger to write on the sly

“Rebuke to the sloven,” or over it fly

Out into long discourses.

I was testy in fact and moody I knew,

And felt that an imp as big and as blue

As Hypo e’er mounted or sick fancy drew

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Haney, Jesse C., 1829-1901

Subjects: Christmas
Diaries
Poetry
Holidays
Boardinghouses
19th century

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