John Quincy Adams
|Publisher||DERBY AND MILLER|
Derby and Miller, 1853. FIRST EDITION, thus. Very nice condition, especially for its antiquity. Bright gilt titles, minimal edge and corner wear, interior pages very nice condition for age of book, foxing on a few of the pages with light smudging of a few pages. Poems Of Religion And Society; By: John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the United States; With Notices Of His Life And Character, by John Davis and T.H. Benton. John Quincy Adams once wrote, "Could I have chosen my own genius and condition, I would have made myself a great poet."1 Although literary fame would escape the sixth president of the United States, throughout his life Adams was a serious reader and writer of poetry. Adams's poetic efforts included secular verse, hymns, and versifications of the Psalms. He also translated poems into English, including Christoph Martin Wieland's fairy-tale epic Oberon. “The book's editors, Senators Thomas Hart Benton (Mo.) and John Davis (Mass.), looked favorably upon Adams's short verse, going as far to say that "some of his 'Hymns' are among the finest devotional lyrics in our language." One of the hymns appearing in the book is "O God, with Goodness All Thy Own," a reworking of Psalm 67.” The first poem in Poems of Religions and Society, "The Wants of Man" was included by Ralph Waldo Emerson in a collection of Emerson's favorite poems. 116 + 12 pages ads.