BY ROSA ANNA GUNN.
I dream of the summer, midst the wide grassy hills,
Where the sunshine is kissing the wandering rills,
And coaxing the flow rets to bloom all day long,
And teaching the birds their melodious song;
While gladness and music seem clasp d hand in hand,
In that beautiful spot of my beautiful land.
I dream of the summer on the uplands so fair,
Where the spirit of light holds grand festival there,
And far, far away, in the blue vaulted sky,
Like soft-winged cherubs the white clouds float by;
While the voices of insects, and breath of wild flowers
Hold sweetest communion through long summer hours.
I dream of the summer, where the dim shadows creep
Neath the trees, where the sunshine seems falling
While each green leaf reflects in its wondrous fold
Back the sunshine s farewell in a glory of gold;
While the trees tell in whispers of nature s fair
Lest they waken the wee birds that sleep in their arms.
Oh, I dream of the summer, the whole summer day,
And dream all its beauty is passing away,
Like an army are gath-ring far off o er the main,
The cold wind and wild tempest, the hail and the rain,
Old King Winter will lead them, and fair things lay
And spread o er the vanquished his banner of snow.
I wake from my dreaming, to think of that shore,
Where a summer-day s gladness will rest evermore,
For the smile of my Saviour s ineffable love
Is the sunshine that brightens that country above:
There a dream that is found, where no waking shall
From the peace and the joy of that beautiful home.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and three|
|Description:||Newspaper clipping of a poem written by Gunn's sister Rosa.|
|Subject:||Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Poetry; Women|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen|
|Description:||Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.|
|Subject:||Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.|
|Source:||Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.|