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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.



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‡


+ 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


Dates: 1859-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Christmas


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