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Edward Taylor

(1642 - 29 June 1729 / Sketchley / Leicestershire / England)

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Edward Taylor was born in Leicestershire, England in 1642. He originally worked as a school teacher, but later left England for the United States. He studied divinity at Harvard and then became a minister in Massachusetts.

Early Life

The son of a non-Conformist yeoman farmer, Taylor was born in 1642 at Sketchley, Leicestershire, England. Following restoration of the monarchy and the Act of Uniformity under Charles II, which cost Taylor his teaching position, he emigrated in 1668 to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in America.

Early Days in America

He chronicled his Atlantic crossing and early years in America (from April 26, 1668, to July... more »

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  • One sorry fret,
    An anvill Sparke, rose higher,
    And in thy Temple falling, almost set
    The house on fire.
    Such fireballs dropping in the Temple Flame
    Burns up the buil...
    Edward Taylor (1645-1729), U.S. poet. An Address to the Soul Occasioned by a Rain (l. 25-30). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthi...
  • Oh, what a might is this whose single frown
    Doth shake the world as it would shake it down?
    Which all from nothing fet, from nothing all;
    Hath all on nothing set, lets nothing fal...
    Edward Taylor (1645-1729), U.S. poet. God's Determinations: Preface (l. 25-30). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (19...
  • ''That now his brightest diamond is grown
    Darker by far than any coalpit stone.''
    Edward Taylor (1645-1729), U.S. poet. God's Determinations: Preface (l. 25-30). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (19...
  • Oh! joyous hearts! enfired with holy flame!
    Is speech thus tasseled with praise?
    Will not your inward fire of joy contain:
    That it in open flames doth blaze?
    For in Christ'...
    Edward Taylor (1645-1729), U.S. poet. God's Determinations: The Joy of Church Fellowship Rightly Attended (l. 25-30). . . Oxford Book of American ...
  • Make me thy Spinning Wheele of use for thee,
    Thy Grace my Distaffe, and my heart thy Spoole.
    Turn thou the wheele: let mine Affections bee
    The flyer filling with thy yarne my soul...
    Edward Taylor (1645-1729), U.S. poet. Huswifery (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983...
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