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[newspaper clipping]
OH, friend beloved, two angels have been down,
  Moving the waters of thine inmost soul;
  One with the silver cord and golden bowl,
One with o ershadowing wings and cypress crown.

One brought a joy to light thy household hearth;
  The other, at thy Father s great command,
  Bore to a brighter and a happier land,
The dearest treasure of thy heart on earth.

That treasure he hath placed for these above,
  That  where thy treasure is thy heart may be. 
  Then through thy tears look up and thou shalt see
Her face all radiant with celestial love.

The dark-winged angel shall come down again,
  When thine appointed mission is fulfulled 
  When thou hast fought the fight thy Father willed,
He shall release thee from all sin and pain.

So, live, then, oh! beloved friend, that He
  Shall find thee ready for the raiment white,
  The golden harp, the fadeless crown of light,
That in thy Father s mansion wait for these.

The other angel standing at the gates,
  At thine approach shall ope those portals wide,
  Bidding thee enter pure and glorified,
Where for thy coming she with welcome waits.

[handwritten along sides by Gunn]
Written by Ed. Wells.

sentiment taken from Beecher.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page fifty-seven
Description:Newspaper clipping of a poem called ''Given and Taken,'' composed by Edward Welles after the death of Anna Thomson.
Subject:Beecher, Henry Ward; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Poetry; Thomson, Anna (''Chips''); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Welles, Edward
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.