Jeanette s Hair.
Oh, loosen the curls that you wear, Jeanette.
Let me tangle my hand in your hair, my pet,
For the world to me had no dainter sight
Than your brown hair veiling your shoulders white
It was brown with a golden gloss, Jeanette,
It was finer than the silk of the floss, my pet,
Twas a beautiful mist falling down to your wrist.
Twas a thing to be braided and jeweled and kissed,
Twas the loveliest hair in the world, my pet.
My arm was the arm of a clown, Jeanette,
It was sinewy, bristled and brown, my pet,
But warmly and softly it loved to caress
Your round white neck and your wealth of tress,
Your beautiful plenty of hair, my pet.
Your eyes had a swimming flory, Jeanette,
Revealing the old, dear story, my pet;
They were gray with the chastened tinge of the sky
When the trout leaps quickest to snap the fly,
And they matched with your golden hair, my pet.
Your lips but I have no words, Jeanette,
They were fresh as the twitter of birds, my pet,
When the Spring is young, and the roses are wet
With the dew-drops in each red bosom set,
And they suited your gold-brown hair, my pet.
Oh, you tangled my life in your hair, Jeanette,
Twas a silken and golden snare, my pet,
But so gentle the bondage, my soul did implore
The right to continue your slave evermore,
With my fingers enmeshed in your hair, my pet.
Thus ever I dream what you were, Jeanette,
With your lips and your eyes and your hair, my pet,
In the darkness of desolate years I moan,
And my tears fall bitterly over the stone
That covers your golden hair, my pet.
Miles O Reilley.
[Gunn s handwriting]
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page one hundred and ninety-one|
|Description:||Newspaper clipping containing one of Charles Halpine's poems,'' Jeanette's Hair'', written under the pseudonym Miles O'Reilly.|
|Subject:||Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Poetry|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty|
|Description:||Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.|
|Subject:||African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; Virginia|
|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.|