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Samuel Kettell, ed. Specimens of American Poetry. 1829.

By On the Death of his Son

Cotton Mather (1663–1728)

The motto, inscribed on the grave stone, “Reserved for a glorious Resurrection.”


With consolation speaks to us;

As to his children his good word,

We must remember speaking thus:

My child, when God shall chasten thee,

His chastening do thou not contemn:

When thou his just rebukes dost see,

Faint not rebuked under them.

The Lord with fit afflictions will

Correct the children of his love;

He doth himself their father still,

By his most wise corrections prove.

Afflictions for the present here

The vexed flesh will grievous call;

But afterwards there will appear,

Not grief, but peace, the end of all.