The History of Malden, Massachusetts, 1633-1785 Volume 1

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9781230361123: The History of Malden, Massachusetts, 1633-1785 Volume 1
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...has passed so far beyond the range of human interest that, as a literary work, it is a subject neither for criticism nor praise. 16 Tyler, History of American Litera-and firmness of resolve, for which we tare, ii. 34. almost venerate the old men who laid M Samuel Kettell, in an article, the the foundation of our republic. Neither historical portion of which is rather of let the lover of the sacred nine despise imagination than of fact, says:--"Let the muse of our author. Homely and not the modern reader turn with disgust coarse of speech as she is, her voice from the perusal of his moral senti-probably sunk into the hearts of those ments. Repugnant as they may be to who listened to her rude melody, leav our tastes, and grotesque as they appear ing there an impression deeper than any in an age of refinement, they contributed which the numbers of a Byron, a Southey, nevertheless mainly to the formation of or a Moore may ever produce."--Sped that character for unbending integrity, mens of American Poetry, i. 36. Mr. Dean prints a catalogue of the library of Wigglesworth, taken from the inventory in the Middlesex Probate files; and elsewhere he draws attention to its character.17 The preacher and the physician were consulted in its selection, but the tastes of the poet were set aside. A single volume, that of the sportive and polished Horace--a strange companion for the austere Puritan--relieved the sombre array of theology and mediaeval science. I cannot agree with those who have written of Wigglesworth that he borrowed nothing and that his verses show no indications of an acquaintance with those who had sung before him. In one of his most melodious flights he cries:--O Heaven, most holy place Which art our country dear I What...

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