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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 58, November 27-29, 1849

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Identifier: DX09000517

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 58, November 27-29, 1849

Description: Gives his thoughts on Percy Bysshe Shelley.


ed poster. Backgammon with [Jabez] Wing.

28. Wednesday. At work on “Mose [among the Britishers].” / At night commenced a careful bed-perusal of [Percy Bysshe] Shelley’s wondrous Drama “The Cenci.” Type of a still more divine original life, was thine, O Shelley. And as I gaze on the lining of thy clear and beautiful face, wherein deep intellect and Love sit inshrined, my heart beats with quick sympathy to think of the brood of ignoble persecuters who bayed and hounded thee so, in evil days. The time has come when the dreamings and aspirations of thy first wondrous boy-poem have passed into practical nation-struggles — (Proudhon Cabet, Owen, — you’ll find, if you know not that you have but plagiarized your Communism from Mab). — And the time shall come, O Shelley, when men shall love, and honor thee, as one who knew and degraded not the divinity within him; as one who [whose] love for his humbler fellow man was deep and constant; — as one whose noble art was most nobly and holily applied; as one who loved and suffered for Liberty, — aye and did more for it than did [John] Hampden or [George] Washington or [Lajos] Kossuth — (God speed him. Amen and amen!) As one, though unseen by the second-cause worshipping many, who is and will ever be “an unacknowledged legislator of the world .”

29. Thursday. Commenced on the stone and “Mose.” Unwell, anxious, irritable, matagrabolized and letter expecting. “Canada” is in — shall I have a letter from her [Mary Bilton] tomorrow. Oh me, oh me, for one with some sociable likings this approaching Christmas presents a half

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-11-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading


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