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He was a gentleman of great wealth, who agreed with the Puritans in their religious opinions," answered Grandfather.
These verses were not excellent--very far from it; but as it is well known, the Puritans did not pique themselves upon their poetry.
Her voice, of immense power and sublime expression, gave to the rude, unpolished poetry of these psalms a magic and an effect which the most exalted Puritans rarely found in the songs of their brethren, and which they were forced to ornament with all the resources of their imagination.
I've remarked that your Puritans revel in that color.
I have heard, that whenever the descendants of the Puritans are to show the spirit of their sires, the old man appears again.
Into this festal season of the year -- as it already was, and continued to be during the greater part of two centuries -- the Puritans compressed whatever mirth and public joy they deemed allowable to human infirmity; thereby so far dispelling the customary cloud, that, for the space of a single holiday, they appeared scarcely more grave than most other communities at a period of general affliction.
The impression of its actual state, at this distance of a hundred and sixty years, darkens inevitably through the picture which we would fain give of its appearance on the morning when the Puritan magnate bade all the town to be his guests.
The iron-hearted Puritan, the relentless persecutor, the grasping and strong-willed man was dead
The popular imagination, indeed, long kept itself busy with the affair of the old Puritan Pyncheon and the wizard Maule; the curse which the latter flung from his scaffold was remembered, with the very important addition, that it had become a part of the Pyncheon inheritance.
In fact, he showed more of the Pyncheon quality, and had won higher eminence in the world, than any of his race since the time of the original Puritan.
She shows very clearly how court sermons--closely in line with the King's own views--were used as part of a "successful propagandist strategy aimed at silencing the moderate Puritan voice within the Church" (7).
Their book quoted a famous passage in Tocqueville's Democracy in America; "I think I see the whole destiny of America contained in the first Puritan who landed on those shores.