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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 202, December 1859

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Identifier: DX03172250

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 202, December 1859

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



A dozen, I said — well, the figures may Go

Up to a cherished score or so,

But six of the number are held, I know,

In that little elipse of ebony.

Then my pipe went out and my lamp burned low,

And the current of thought began to flow,

And their faces and forms came trooping slow,

In their earlier bloom and younger glow,

In the semblance and dress of long ago,

When they first began to be dear.

For more than half a score of years,

With their freight of hope and dole of fears,

With joys that soften and care that sears,

Have vanished in smiles or lingered in tears

Since I joined their Christmas cheer.

‘Twas years before Charlie, that Ottignon Brougham

The gymnast and actor* as chance gave to know him.


* Honeywell. He is, or was, a frequenter of Ottignon’s Gymnasium and a member of an amateur Dramatic society.

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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