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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 201, December 1859

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Identifier: DX03171454

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 201, December 1859

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



Was robing my thoughts in his azure hue,

Making me discontented.

And so as a means that foe to appal,

On a spot on the mantel my eyes I let fall

Where a black oval frame* hangs down by the wall:

It worked like a charm dissolving my thrall

And served as a spell my thoughts to recall

From troubles purely invented

For the wide-world over, all others above

Some dozen or so are the faces I love;

A shade on whose brows, a light in whose eyes,

An arch of whose lips, whate’er it implies,

Whether smiles it betoken or anger it prove

This foolish old heart is as potent to move

As a touch the sea-amemone.


* Containing a daguerreotype of the present Edwards’ family, I mean those by the living Mrs E. [Sarah Edwards] with the heads of it. Excellent portraits most of them. When the picture came home, a year or more ago (it was a surprise birthday present to which I was privy) [Jesse] Haney testified a good deal of natural gratification and was savage at Mrs [Catharine] Potter’s cackling inquisitiveness as to “Which was the one [Sally Edwards].” She pitched, I’m pretty sure, on Matty [Edwards], as the prettiest,

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Christmas


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