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Who th'Curtain rods made for this Tapistry? Who hung the twinckling Lanthorns in the Sky? Who? who did this? or who is he? Why, know Its Onely Might Almighty this did doe. His hand hath made this noble worke which Stands His Glorious Handywork not made by hands. Who spake all things from nothing; and with ease Can speake all things to nothing, if he please. Whose Little finger at his pleasure Can Out mete ten thousand worlds with halfe a Span: Whose Might Almighty can by half a looks Root up the rocks and rock the hills by th'roots.
And in these Quarters lodge thy Odours sweet. Lord, breake thy Box of Ointment on my Head; Let thy sweet Powder powder all my hair: My Spirits let with thy perfumes be fed. And make thy Odours, Lord, my nosthrills fare. My Soule shall in thy Sweets then Soar to thee: I'le be thy Love, thou my Sweet Lord shalt bee. c. 1682 Meditation VI (Canticles 11:1:1 am ... ) Am I thy gold? Or Purse, Lord, for thy Wealth; Whether in mine or mint refinde for thee? Ime counted so, but count me o're thyselfe, Lest gold washt face, and brass in Heart I bee.
Johnson discovered them in a bound manuscript book at the Yale University Library and published a selection in 1937. Taylor "was a Puritan minister in the 1680s on the remotest American frontier writing an often ecstatic poetry in a style strongly reminiscent of George Herbert but verging on a continental, Roman Catholic baroque, a minister who also, it should be added, was the author of a number of virulently antiPapist works" (Robert Hass). When Taylor died, the only book of English verse in his library was by Anne Bradstreet.