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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 211, December 1859

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Identifier: DX03179421

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 211, December 1859

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



The honored centre, and that years may bring

Still other groups about their knees to cling!

And that in them they find the traces,

The mantling roses, manly graces,

They see before them in some present faces!

And God bless all who, here, to night

Are aids and sharers in its dear delight:

Bless each and all, in health, in home, in heart,

In purse, in store, in craft, in art;

As maids, as wives, as daughters, mothers,

As husbands, fathers, sons or brothers;

As partners loving or as faithful friends,

And, at the last, may heaven send

That when with age and care oppressed,

As when in younger years caressed,

With that same love may they be blessed!

x x x x

So ends this tribute to our Christmas time,

So ends this rough unskilled rhyme,

So memory laden in another clime

Has perhaps a Christmas chime

To him who played it.

And if, by chance, your memory’s caught

A line or so possessing aught

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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