Literary Culture in Early New England, 1620-1730

Yale University Press, 1920 - 322 páginas
This important book, originally published in 1920, reshaped how we viewed New England colonists by examining their libraries, what they were reading, education, and the production of literature. At the time of original publication, Thomas Goddard Wright was Late Instructor in English at Yale University.

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Página 163 - The Body Of Benjamin Franklin, Printer, (Like the cover of an old book, Its contents torn out, And stript of its lettering and gilding,) Lies here, food for worms. But the work shall not be lost, For it will, as he believed, appear once more, In a new and more elegant edition, Revised and corrected By THE AUTHOR.
Página 22 - It is therefore ordered, that every township in this jurisdiction, after the Lord hath increased them to the number of fifty householders, shall then forthwith appoint one within their town to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write and read, whose wages shall be paid either by the parents or masters of such children, or by the inhabitants in general...
Página 150 - THREE Poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpassed; The next in majesty •, In both the last. The force of Nature could no further go ; To make a third, she joined the former two.
Página 144 - They plucked the seated hills with all their load, ROCKS, waters, woods, and by the shaggy tops Uplifting bore them in their hands : amaze, Be sure, and terror, seized the rebel host, When coming towards them so dread they saw The bottom of the mountains upward turned ; Till on those cursed engines...
Página 146 - Short is the date, alas ! of modern rhymes, And 'tis but just to let them live betimes. No longer now that golden age appears, When patriarch-wits survived a thousand years: Now length of fame (our second life) is lost, And bare threescore is all e'en that can boast: Our sons their fathers' failing language see, And such as Chaucer is shall Dryden be.
Página 145 - Thick ramm'd, at the other bore with touch of fire Dilated and infuriate, shall send forth From far, with thundering noise, among our foes Such implements of mischief, as shall dash To pieces, and o'erwhelm whatever stands Adverse, that they shall fear we have disarm'd The Thunderer of his only dreaded bolt.
Página 163 - Twill have at length a far more active state. Yea, though with dust thy body soiled be, Yet at the resurrection we shall see A fair EDITION, and of matchless worth, Free from ERRATAS, new in Heaven set forth; 'Tis but a word from GOD, the great Creator, It shall be done when he saith JFmpritJtatur.
Página 140 - Wierus tells a story of such a one at Padua, 1541, that would not believe to the contrary, but that he was a wolf.
Página 163 - A living, breathing Bible; tables where Both Covenants at large engraven were. Gospel and law, in 's heart, had each its column; His head an index to the sacred volume; His very name a title-page ; and, next, His life a commentary on the text. 0 what a monument of glorious worth, When, in a new edition, he comes forth! Without errata may we think he'll be, In leaves and covers of eternity!
Página 191 - I am informed, that the Minds and Manners of many People about the Countrey are much corrupted, by foolish Songs and Ballads, which the Hawkers and Pedlars carry into all parts of the Countrey. By way of Antidote, I would procure poetical Composures full of Piety, and such as may have a Tendency to advance Truth and Goodness, to be published, and scattered into all Corners of the Land.

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