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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 209, December 1859

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Identifier: DX03177827

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 209, December 1859

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

Transcription:

200

Well, fame you have right honestly won,

And noble tasks right bravely done,

The world denies that need to none

With skill like yours, and ends;

But a claim you have to a place in my heart

Higher than learning, deeper than art,

Better than wit or grace can impart,

Thou loyalist of friends! +

‘Twas then our Jack [Edwards] whose tenderest grasp

Now brings the tears and makes those gasp, †

Was [Frederick] Marryat-mad and eleven:

And Sally [Edwards], now calm and grace and serene,

All the woman in thought and the woman in mien,

Was dreaming at nine of fate at sixteen§;

Which Mat [Edwards], in whose blooming face, I ween

The past’s rosy promise fulfilled is seen

Was a puritan pink of seven‡

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+ Haney delivered this with immense enthusiasm and effect, stretching out his palm towards Jim and speaking with emphasis. I wonder whether Fanny [Fern], who has tried her best and worst to kill this friendship, didn’t hate both for the moment.

† One of Jack Edward’s habits.

‡ They called her “the puritan” she was “such a sober little thing.”

§ Sally had a curious fancy that she would die at sixteen.

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1859-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Christmas
Diaries
Poetry
Holidays

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