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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 17 [newspaper clipping], ca. 1860

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Identifier: DX02676479

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 17 [newspaper clipping], ca. 1860

Description: Newspaper clipping of a poem titled ''Passion Past'' by Miss Muloch.




Were I a boy, with a boy’s heart-beat

At glimpse of her passing down the street,

Or a room where she had entered and gone,

Or a page her hand was written on—

Would all be with me as it was before?

Oh no, never! no, no, never!

Never any more.

Were I a man, with a man’s pulse-throb,

Breath hard and fierce, held down like a sob,

Dumb, yet hearing her lightest word—

Blind, until only her garments stirred—

Would I pour my life like wine on her floor?

No, no, never! never, never!

Never any more.

Gray and withered, wrinkled and marred,

I have gone through the fire and come out unscarred,

With the image of manhood upon me yet,

No shame to remember, no wish to forget;

But could she rekindle the pangs I bore?—

Oh no, never! Thank God, never!

Never anymore.

Old and withered, withered and gray—

And yet if her light step passed to-day,

I should see her face all faces among,

And say: “Heaven loves thee, whom I loved Long!

Thou hast lost the key of my heart’s door,

Lost it ever, and forever—

Aye, and for evermore.”


Rights: NoC-US


Dates: ca. 1860

Type(s): Clipping, Newspaper

Maker/Creator: Craik, Dinah Maria Mulock, 1826-1887

Subjects: Diaries
Women authors


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