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DWIGHT, JOHN SULLIVAN, an American translator and musical critic, born at Boston, May 21, 1813; died there September 5, 1893. He graduated at Harvard in 1832, and studied at the Cambridge Divinity School. In 1838 he published Translations from the Select Minor Poems of Goethe and Schiller. In 1840 he became pastor of the Unitarian congregation at Northampton, Mass. Soon afterward he left the ministerial office and devoted himself to literature, especially in its relation to music. He contributed to literary periodicals, and delivered lectures upon Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, and other eminent musical composers. He was one of the founders of the Brook Farm Association. From 1852 to 1880 he published Dwight's Journal of Music, by means of which he did much to elevate the popular taste for music. He was a good literary critic, and a successful lecturer. He wrote History of Music in Boston, and arranged in its present form God Save the State.
Sweet is the pleasure itself cannot spoil !
Thou that would taste it, still do thy best;
Wouldst behold beauty near thee, all round ?
Rest is not quitting the busy career;
"Tis the brook's motion, clear without strife, Fleeing to ocean after its life.
Deeper devotion nowhere hath knelt;
'Tis loving and serving the highest and best ; 'Tis onward ! unswerving—and that is true rest.
VANITAS! VANITATUM VANITAS!
I've set my heart upon nothing, you see :
These mouldy lees of wine.
I set my heart at first upon wealth :
Hurrah ! And bartered away my peace and my health :
But ah ! The slippery change went about like air, And when I had clutched me a handful here
Away it went there.
I set my heart upon woman next :
The Best was not easily got.
Naught seemed to be just the thing it shouldMost comfortless beds and indifferent food !
My tastes misunderstood !
I set my heart upon sounding fame :
Their very worst friend was I.
And then I set my heart upon war :
Hurrah ! We gained some battles with éclat :
Hurrah ! We troubled the foe with sword and flameAnd some of our friends quite fared the same.
I lost a leg for fame.
Now I've set my heart upon nothing, you see :
- Translation from GOETHE. DWIGHT, TIMOTHY, an American clergyman and teacher, born at Northampton, Mass., May 14, 1752; died at New Haven, Conn., January 11, 1817. His mother was a daughter of Jonathan Edwards. At the age of thirteen he was admitted to Yale College, graduated in 1769, and two years afterward became a tutor in the college. He retained this position for six years. In 1777 he was licensed
. to preach, and in the same year became a chaplain in the American army. In 1783 he was ordained minister at Greenfield, Conn., where he also successfully conducted an academy. In 1795 he was elected President of Yale College, and Professor of Divinity. He remained at the head of the college until his death, twenty-one years later. His poem, Columbia, written about 1778, while serving as chaplain in the army, was very popular at the time. His other works are, The History, Eloquence, and Poetry of the Bible, an address (1772); The Conquest of Canaan, an epic poem (1785); Greenfield Hill, a poem (1794); Theology Explained and Defended (1818), consisting of 173 sermons; and Travels in New England and New York, a series of letters written during his college vacations, and published in 1821. He also published a large number of separate sermons.
I. Columbia, Columbia, to glory arise, The queen of the world, and the child of the skies!
Thy genius commands thee ; with rapture behold,
To conquest and slaughter, let Europe aspire :
Fair Science her gates to thy sons shall unbar,
Thus, as down a lone valley, with cedars o'erspread,
THE IMMUTABILITY OF GOD.
By his Immutability, God is possessed of immeasurable dignity and greatness ; and fitted to be entirely feared, loved, honored, and obeyed, by all his rational