[loose newspaper poem]
BY N. G. SHEPHERD.
Gertrude is dead and sleeps in her grave;
Wearily, wearily falls the rain:
From sorrow and sin there is none to save:
And my heart is lonely and full of pain.
Gertrude is dead, and I am alone;
Drearily, drearily sobs the wind,
Making a feeble and desolate moan,
Like a sightless lover, his love to find.
Gertrude is dead, and her lips are cold;
Wearily, wearily circles the leaf:
A nest for the worms is her hair s pale gold;
And my own grown thinner each hour with grief.
Gertrude is dead, so true and so tried;
Duskily, duskily gathers the night;
What if we sinned? we had nothing beside
Our love young and strong and our hope so slight.
Gertrude is dead friends wept and condoled;
Bitterly, bitterly fall my tears;
They spoke of the angels with harps of gold
They knew not what shortened her tender years.
Gertrude is dead she saw but our shame;
Womanly, womanly, kind and true.
She was poor, like myself, with friends and a name;
I would, when she died, that I had died too.
Gertrude is dead the owl is awake,
Angrily, angrily hoots he aloud;
Her urn is full, and the yew s limbs shake
With the big, cold drops from the sorrowing cloud.
Gertrude is dead. I mixed the cup;
Nervously, nervously shook my hand:
With a trembling sigh, she lifted it up
And drank it off to the dregs where I stand.
Gertrude is dead. I sat by her side;
Heavily, heavily drew she breath:
Six moons have pass d since she languished and died,
Yet I seem in the very presence of Death.
Gertrude is dead what ghost then laughed?
Gloomily, gloomily lowers the sky:
The half was for me of that poisonous draught,
As she knew by my look, and drank it dry!
Gertrude is dead the sleep priest prayed
Whiningly, whiningly over my love:
On the terrible judgment-day, he said,
We would meet in the realms of light above.
Gertrude is there, if I m turned away
Wearily, wearily pass the days
I will beg of the warder, old and gray,
To list for one note of her harp as she plays.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen: page two hundred and twenty-three|
|Description:||Newspaper clipping of a poem by N.G. Shepherd titled ''Lost Gertrude.''|
|Subject:||Gunn, Thomas Butler; Poetry; Shepherd, N.G.|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fifteen|
|Description:||Describes Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government, including a conflict between A.H. Colt and Mr. Woodward, a visit to Sullivan's Island, John Mitchel's tale of assisting with the lynching of an abolitionist, attending a celebration in honor of Benjamin Mordecai, Will Waud's arrival in Charleston, the scene in Charleston the day the ''Star of the West'' was fired upon by the Morris Island battery, pistol and rifle practice with various Charlestonians, a rumor in New York about his having been tarred and feathered in Charleston, a visit to the quarters of the ''Richland Rifles,'' witnessing a slave auction, and a visit to Colonel Bull's home.|
|Subject:||Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina|
|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 2010 Missouri History Museum.|
|Source:||Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.|