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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. I–II: Colonial Literature, 1607–1764
 
In Praise of the Renowned Cotton Mather
By Benjamin Tompson (1642–1714)
 
[Prefixed to the “Magnalia Christi Americana.” 1702.]

IS the bless’d MATHER necromancer turn’d,
To raise his country’s fathers’ ashes urn’d?
Elisha’s dust, life to the dead imparts;
This prophet, by his more familiar arts,
Unseals our heroes’ tombs, and gives them air;        5
They rise, they walk, they talk, look wondrous fair;
Each of them in an orb of light doth shine,
In liveries of glory most divine.
When ancient names I in thy pages met,
Like gems on Aaron’s costly breastplate set,        10
Methinks heaven’s open, while great saints descend,
To wreathe the brows by which their acts were penn’d.
 
 
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