1607-1676 Volume 1

1607-1676 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...this retired ship-carpenter of Woburn hewed out poetry in a manner worthy of his original trade. His first official entry in the town records of Woburn took a metrical form; and in his history, .no important person is introduced upon the scene without some brief poetic tribute. He has indeed a half abashed air, a virgin coyness, so to ' speak, as he brings forward these tiny trinkets in rhyme, as if he were himself remotely conscious of some impropriety in the manufacture of such things by a respectable man like himself; and yet, on the other hand, he seems to have a sturdy faith that since these things are poetry, there must be a sort of immortalizing virtue in them. " And now," says he, as he is about to hold up before us his poetic apostrophe to Governor John Endicott, " let no man be offended at the author's rude verse, penned of purpose to keep in memory the names of such worthies as Christ made strong for himself, in this unwonted work of his." One couplet of this little poem will be quite enough: " Wonder-Working Providence," 138. Ibid. 117. 8 Ibid. 2o. "Strong valiant John, wilt thou march on and take up station first, Christ called hath thee, his soldier be, and fail not of thy trust." The following lines are a portion of his " metre " composed " for the future remembrance " of the celebrated Hugh Peters: " With courage, bold Peters, a soldier stout, In wilderness, for Christ, begins to war; Much work he finds "mongst people, yet holds out; With fluent tongue he stops fantastic jar."3 But even from the literary aspect there are some qualities of this book that we may not use for our mirth, yea for our laughter, when we are waspish. It has not infrequently, even amid its most ungainly sentences, a charm of picturesque simplicity, an...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236673131
  • 9781236673138