[p. 4] often pray'd for, and over her, and gave her the wisest Counsels, and most faithful Warnings; and that she was thankful and grew in Knowledge, and (she hoped) in Grace under them.
That she loved the School and the Exercise of it, and made a laudable Progress in the various Kinds of Learning proper to her Age and Sex.
At nine or ten (if not before) she was able to write; for in the Year 1718 I find a letter of her honoured Father's to her wrote in Answer to one of hers.
In this letter Dr. Coleman says: “I pray God to bless you and make you one of his Children.
I charge you to pray daily, and read your Bible and fear to sin. Be very dutiful to your Mother, and respectful to Everybody.
Be very humble and modest, womanly and discreet.
Take care of your Health and as you love me do not eat green Apples.”
The latter admonition would seem more suited to a child of nine than his other commands.
gives a Hymn written by the little Jane
in her eleventh year, which is here quoted entire to show her poetical facility at that age.
I fear the great Eternal One above,
The God of Grace, the God of Love;
He to whom Seraphims Hallelujahs sing,
And Angels do their Songs and Praises bring.
Happy the Soul that does in Heaven rest,
Where with his Saaviour he is ever blest;
With heavenly Joys and Rapture is possest,
No Thoughts but of his God inspire his Breast.
Happy are they that walk in Wisdom's Ways,
That tread her Paths and shine in all her Rays.
Her Father was pleas'd to encourage her in this feeble Essay she made at Verse.
He condescended to return her Rhymes like her own level to her present Capacity, with a special Aim to keep and fix her Mind on God and heavenly Things, with which she had begun.
A line or two from the Father
's ‘Rhymes’ will suffice.
Joy of my Life!
is this thy lovely Voice?
Sing on, and a fond Father's Heart rejoice.