Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature: An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891. Vols. III: Colonial Literature, 16071764
Of John Winthrop. Esq.
By Captain Edward Johnson (1599?1672)
[From Wonder-working Providence of Sions Saviour in New England. 1654.]
THIS year, 1631, John Winthrop, Esq., was chosen Governor, pickt out for the work by the provident hand of the Most High, and enabled with gifts accordingly; then all the folk of Christ, who have seen his face and been partaker of the same, remember him in this following Meeter.
WHY leavest thou, John, thy station, in Suffolk, thy own soil?
Christ will have thee a pillar be, for s people thou must toil.
He changd thy heart, then take his part gainst prelates proud invading
His Kingly throne, set up alone, in wilderness there shading
His little flocks from Prelates knocks. Twice ten years ruld thou hast,