Take this touch of Moses
There blasts of unseen trumpets long and loud,
Swelled by the breath of whirlwinds rent the cloud.
Or this of Moses
receiving the Law
His sunny mantle and his hoary locks
Shone like the robe of winter on the rocks.
Where is that mantle?
Melted into air.
Where is the prophet?
God can tell thee where.
Many of his shorter poems, for their force of devout sentiment or moral feeling have entered into our literature and held their place for two generations with no signs of losing it.
Among the best known poems are the following: ‘The Exile at St. Helena,’ ‘The Address of Warren
to the American Soldiers
,’ ‘The Pilgrim Fathers.’
The highest flight of his fancy and his best contribution to our literature is ‘Passing Away.’
He was also the author of many fine hymns, besides a great number of temperance and anti-slavery poems.
was graduated from the Divinity School of Harvard College in 1818 in the class with Convers Francis
, John G. Palfrey
, Jared Sparks
and Geo. Bancroft
, all of them men who made a special mark upon their time.
In 1819 he was called to be the minister of Hollis Street Church, Boston
, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Holley
, a man of eminence in his profession.
The church was one of the most important in the city, and it seemed as if he were entering upon a new and happier day. He was now thirty-four years old, of superior ability and education and of wide experience of life.
Added to his gifts and attainments were his pleasing social quality, a commanding presence, and his oratorical power.
He was a fine natural reader of Scripture and hymns, which gave to his pulpit services unusual attractiveness and dignity.
His preparation of sermons was made with most conscientious care, writing in full the two discourses for morning and afternoon, writing also and committing