Is it better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all?
How it feels to waken and have breakfast with the blues.
Someone tells you later all is fair in love and war,
But no one ever tells you before.
"No One Ever Tells You" - Carroll Coates & Hub Atwood
Recorded by Frank Sinatra - April 9th, 1956
Twenty-five years later in 1860 just before Lincoln left Illinois to begin his Presidency he slipped quietly away from Springfield and went to Farmington in Coles County to visit his aged step-mother. Here he met with surviving members of the Hanks and Johnston families. While there a number of people from the small village of New Salem came to see him one last time. Lincoln also inquired about a number of families he had know while living in New Salem. It is said at that visit he admitted to an old friend of his love for Anne Rutledge. Some historians say Lincoln never got over this loss and the effects of it remained with him until his death.
"I cannot bear to have the rain fall upon her."
"I have loved the name of Rutledge to this day. I have kept my mind on their movements ever since. I loved her dearly. She was a handsome girl, would have made a good and loving wife. She was natural and quite intellectual, though not highly educated. I did honestly and truly love the girl, and think often of her now."
Herndon's Life of Lincoln - William H. Herndon and Jesse W. Weik
As the line says... Just some thoughts.
January 30, 2014