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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
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Nathaniel Evans

Evans was born in Philadelphia to a merchant who wished his son to follow in his footsteps. Yet Evans followed the encouragement of Provost William Smith at the College of Philadelphia instead. After completing an M.A. at the College, Evans traveled to London and was ordained a minister in the Church of England. He took a post as a missionary for the Church, with the Society for the Propagation of the Bible in Foreign Parts, situated in Haddonfield, New Jersey, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. Although he himself lamented the early death of his friend, Thomas Godfrey, Evans died of tuberculosis at age twenty-five; William Smith gathered his poems and published them, titled Poems on Several Occasions (1772).

In the Heath Anthology
Ode to the Memory of Mr. Thomas Godfrey (1765)
Hymn to May (1772)
To Benjamin Franklin, Occasioned by Hearing Him Play on the Harmonica (1772)

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