ending tragically in civil war. Another whitesouled itinerant of that day was John Woolman
of New Jersey
, whose Journal
, praised by Charles Lamb
and edited by Whittier
, is finding more readers in the twentieth century than it won in the nineteenth. “A man unlettered,” said Whittier
, “but with natural refinement and delicate sense of fitness, the purity of whose heart enters into his language.”
died at fifty-two in far-away York, England
, whither he had gone to attend a meeting of the Society of Friends.
The three tall volumes of the Princeton
edition of the poems of Philip Freneau
bear the sub-title, “Poet of the American Revolution
But our Revolution, in truth, never had an adequate poet.
The prose-men, such as Jefferson
, rose nearer the height of the great argument than did the men of rhyme.
Here and there the struggle inspired a brisk ballad like Francis Hopkinson
's Battle of the Kegs
, a Hudibrastic satire like Trumbull
, or a patriotic song like Timothy Dwight
painted from his own experience the horrors of the British prison-ship, and celebrated, in cadences learned from Gray
, the valor of the men who fell at Eutaw