'Twas nobly dar'd, my charming Child.
From a Babe's Mouth of right to Heaven belong.
Pleasant thy Wit, but more the sacred Theme,
Such as thy Name and all my Cares beseem.
‘These condescensions of her Father were no doubt of great Use to her, and had in some Measure the Effect proposed, to put her on thinking and writing more and better, and to gain more of his Esteem of Ingenuity and Piety which she was wisely ambitious of: but above all to approve her Heart before God, her Heavenly Father, who sees in secret.’
In her fourteenth year she began a Diary in which were entered ‘solemn and pertinent Prayers to God to deliver her and the Town
) from the Small Pox
then threatening it; or to prepare her and his People for the Visitation; also a Meditation and Prayers occasioned by the Death of a Friend.’
Before she was eighteen years of age she wrote a poem to her Honoured Father, on his being chosen President
of Harvard College, an office which he did not accept.
The General Court refused to confirm the appointment unless he were released by the Church
, and this was not done.
This poem is dated December 27, 1724, and begins thus:—
An Infant Muse begs leave beneath your Feet
To lay the first.
Essays of her poetic Wit;
That under your protection she may raise
Her Song to some exalted Pitch of Praise.
You who among the Bards are found the Chief.
Another poetical attempt of this date is that of ‘Lines written to a Friend on her Return to Boston
Thrice welcome Home, thou Glory of our Isle,
On whom indulgent Heaven delights to smile;
Whose Face the Graces make their chosen Seat,
In whom the charms of Wit and Beauty meet.
O with what wond'ring Eyes I on you gaze,
And can't recover from the sweet amaze: etc.