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[newspaper clipping]
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 un-
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
  Thou hast lost the key of my heart s door,
Lost it ever, and forever 
  Aye, and for evermore. 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seventeen
Description:Newspaper clipping of a poem titled ''Passion Past.''
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Muloch, Miss; Poetry; Women
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.