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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor

John Josselyn
(c. 1610-post 1692)
Born in Essex, England, Josselyn journeyed in 1637–1638 to New England to visit his brother and other Puritan leaders and ramble through the unfamiliar countryside. He claimed to have delivered to John Cotton, minister of the First Church, the translation of the Psalms into English by poet Francis Quarles. From his observations of the natural phenomena of the New World, he wrote New-England’s Rarities Discovered, published in London in 1672. These “rarities” apparently included the indigenous women of new England, whom he compares to other women in his unabashedly objectifying “Verses” inspired by a picture of a European “savage,” a gypsy woman. The stormy crossing to America inspired his lines on an Atlantic tempest.

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[And the bitter storm augments] (1673)
Verses made sometime since upon the Picture of a young and handsome Gypsie, not improperly transferred upon the Indian Squa (1673)

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John Josselyn
A very brief summary/introduction to An Account of Two Voyages to New-England.

Frontmatter scans of New England Rarities.

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