Quotation by Francis Orrery Ticknor

Word of gloom from the war, one day;
Johnston pressed at the front, they say.
Little Giffen was up and away;
A tear—his first—as he bade good-by,
Dimmed the glint of his steel-blue eye.
"I'll write, if spared!" There was news of the fight;
But none of Giffen.—He did not write.
Francis Orrery Ticknor (1822–1874), U.S. poet. Little Giffen (l. 1–6). . .

Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books.
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