Essays and Poems

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Read Books, 2008 - 180 pages
C O N T E N T S . E S S A Y S . Epic Poetry, . 1 Shakspeare, I - 39 Hamlet, . 83 P O E M S . PTo the Humming Bird, . 107 Eheu fugaces, Posthume, Posthume, Lahuntur anni, . 109 Lines to a withered leaf seen on a poets table, . 110 Memory, . 111 .-To the painted Columbine, 112 To the Fossil Flower, . 114 T o the Canary Bird, 117 a Nature, . 118 . The Tree, . 119 The Strangers Gift, . . 120 Thy beauty fades, 121 Beauty, . 122 t-The Wind-Flower, . 123, The Robin, . . . 124, -The Columbine, . 125 The New Birth, . 1 The Son, . 127 i l l n Him we live, . 128, noch, . 129 CONTENTS. The Mornimg Watch, . 130 The Living God, . 131 The Garden, . . 132 L--The Song, 1 33 Love, . . 1 Day 7 135 Night, . . 136 - he Latter Rain, . 137 The Slave, . . 138 Bread, . 139 The Spirit Land, . . 140 Worship, . 141 The Soldier, . . 142 The Trees of Life, 143 Thc Spirit, . . 14.44 lJWe Presence, . 145 The Dead, . . 146 I was sick and in prison, 147 A he Violet, . . 148 The Heart, 149 The Robe, . . 150 . Life, 151 The War, . . 152 The Grave Yard, . 153 L..-Thy Brothers Blood, . 1M The Jew, . 155 Faith, . . 156 The Ark, . 157 The Earth, . . 158 The Rose, . 159 Morning, . . 160 Nature, . 161 Change, . 162 The Poor, . 163 The Clay, . . 164 CONTENTS. vii Who hath ears to hear let him hear, To the pure all things are pure, He was acquainted with grief, . Ye gave me no meat, The Acorn, The Rail Road, the Disciple, . Time, . The Call, . The Cottage, . The Prayer,

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About the author (2008)

The son of a sea captain, Very was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and spent much of his early childhood at sea with his father. Following his father's death in 1824, he attended public school in Salem, and later, with the help of a tutor, he gained enough education to take a teaching position in Salem in order to earn money for tuition to attend Harvard College. Graduating in 1836, he continued his studies in the Harvard School of Divinity and at the same time served as Tutor in Greek at the College. While at Harvard, Very was subject to moments of religious ecstacy, so that his sanity was questioned by his superiors, and he was briefly committed to a nearby asylum. Returning to Salem without taking a degree from the Divinity School, Very led a retired life, devoting more and more of his time to the study of religion and literature. In 1843 he was finally licensed as a Unitarian preacher, but his shy, other-worldly nature made him either unable or unwilling ever to accept a permanent pastorate. Very was a peripheral follower of Concord Transcendentalism and was much admired by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who saw in Very's commitment to mysticism and literature both nobility and magnanimity of character. Beyond his admiration of Very's character, Emerson was an enthusiastic supporter of his poetry, recognizing in Very's sonnets the intense love of nature, the mystical humility, and the submissive nature that gave to Very's sonnets mystical intensity coupled with a serene control.

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