A History Of American Literature During The Colonial Time Volume 1: 1607-1676. (v. 1)

Paperback | May 8, 2012

byMoses Coit Tyler

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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. 1897 Excerpt: ...of so serious a thing as the Atlantic Ocean, which he calls in familiar style " the ditch between England and their now place of abode;" and he even proceeds to the playful remark that this ditch, forsooth, "they could not leap over with a lope-staff,"8--doubtless the nearest approach to a jest that the author of "Wonder-Working Providence " was ever frivolous enough to indulge in. But though he intended it not, the book is nevertheless somewhat mirth-inspiring. Its very seriousness has a comic aspect, most of all when it rises into the awful shape of verse; for, 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."1 One couplet of this little poem will be quite enough: "Wonder-Working Providence," 138. 'Ibid. 117. Ibid. 20. "Strong valiant John, wilt thou march on and take up station first, Christ calle...

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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. 1897 Excerpt: ...of so serious a thing as the Atlantic Ocean, which he calls in familiar style " the ditch between England and their now place of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217424619

ISBN - 13:9780217424615

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