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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

The New England Preachers

By Anonymous

[Good News from New England. 1648.]

ONE unto reading Scriptures men persuades,

One labor bids for food that never fades.

One to redeem their time exhorteth all,

One looking round for wary walking calls.

One he persuades men buy the truth, not sell,

One would men should in moderateness excel.

One for renewed repentance daily strives,

One ’s for a conscience clear in all men’s lives.

One he exhorts all men God’s word to hear,

One doth beseech to lend obedient ear.

One he desires evil’s appearance shun,

One with diligence would all should be done.

One shows their woe that will not God believe,

One doth beseech God’s Spirit they ’ll not grieve.

One wishes none to deep despair do run,

One bids beware none to presumption come

One wills that all at murmuring take heed,

One shows that strife and envy should not breed.

One shows the hatred God to pride doth bear,

One covetousness cries down with hellish fear.

One to lukewarmness wishes none do grow,

One none for fear forsake the truth they know.