[From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for October, 1859.]
In 1638 Thomas Fuller
came over from England
, upon a tour of observation, intending, after he should have gratified his curiosity by a survey of the wilderness world, to return.
While in Massachusetts
, he listened to the preaching of Rev. Thomas Shepard
, of Cambridge
, who was then in the midst of a splendid career of religious eloquence and effort, the echo of which, after the lapse of two centuries, has scarcely died away.
Through his influence, Mr. Fuller
was led to take such an interest in the religion of the Puritan school
, that the land of liturgies and religious formulas, which he had left behind, became less attractive to him than the ‘forest aisles’ of America
, where God might be freely worshipped.
He has himself left on record a metrical statement of the change in his views which induced him to resolve to make his home in Massachusetts
These verses were collected by the Rev. Daniel Fuller
from aged persons, who declare that the author was urged, but in vain, to publish them.
Now, after the lapse of two centuries, we will favor the world with a few of them, which will serve as a sample:—