As originally compiled it had dissatisfied Cotton Mather
, who had hoped “that a little more of art was to be employed in it,” and good Mr. Shepard
thus ventured to criticise its original compilers, the Rev. Richard Mather
and the Rev. Messrs. Eliot
You Roxb'ry poets, keep clear of the crime Of missing to give us very good rhyme, And you of Dorchester
, your verses lengthen But with the text's own words you will them strengthen.
Presidents Charles Chauncey
and Urian Oakes
published a few sermons — the latter offering one with the jubilant title, “The Unconquerable, All Conquering and More than Conquering Soldier,” which was appropriately produced on what was then called Artillery Election in 1674. President Increase Mather
was one of the most voluminous authors of the Puritan
period, and from his time (1701) down to the present day there have been few presidents of Harvard University who were not authors.
All these men we Cambridge
children knew, not by their writings, from which we happily