Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature: An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891. Vols. III: Colonial Literature, 16071764
Of the Reverend Mr. Higginson
By Captain Edward Johnson (1599?1672)
[From Wonder-working Providence of Sions Saviour in New England. 1654.]
WHEREFORE they elected and ordained one Mr. Higginson to be Teacher of this first Church of Christ, set up in those parts, a man endued with grace, apt to teach, and mighty in the Scriptures, learned in the tongues, able to convince gainsayers, aptly applying the Word to his hearers, who departed this life not long after, of whom it may be said:
WHAT golden gain made HIGGINSON remove
From fertile soil to wilderness of rocks?
Twas Christs rich pearl stird up thee toil to love,