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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 210, December 1859

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Identifier: DX03178624

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 210, December 1859

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



And Eliza [Edwards], whose voice the hearer will

Own somewhat contralto, gave shake and trill,

In the high soprano, slightly shrill

Of the musical age of five;

Her chubby fist, so dimpled and fat,

Was innocent yet of sharp and flat,

And her dear little brains over “tit for tat,”

So puzzled and muddled we all knew that

Our little “Lumps” would thrive:

And our host and hostess [George and Sarah Edwards], — well, I find,

(Though they may hint at friendship’s blind)

Their faces young, — I’m sure as kind

As, a dozen years ago.

And since that first bright Christmas Day,

In daily work, in household play,

I dare not trust my voice to say

How much to them I owe.

x x x x

God bless the hearth round which we gather!

God bless the mother and the father!

God bless the daughters [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] and the sons [Jack and George Edwards]!

And all in whom the dear blood runs!

And send that each, long, long, may be

Of such a circle as, to-night, they see,


+ Her juvenile nick-name. She wasn’t bright in arithmatic.

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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