Poem, written by Levi Frisbie, in praise of Wheelock and the Grand Design, 1768 May 15

Author Frisbie, Levi[pers0209.ocp]

15 May 1768[1768-05-15]

ms number768315.1

[note (type: abstract): Long verse in couplets praises Wheelock and his plan to christianize the Indians.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is small and slanting, yet largely clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear.][note (type: ink): Black ink varies in intensity. There are some random ink dots and splatters.][note (type: noteworthy): On two recto, Frisbie quotes the Alexander Pope poem "Messiah." On two verso, an editor, possibly 19th-century, has added the (erroneous) note: "Probably David Macclure who graduated in 1769." This poem was enclosed with a brief letter of the same date (manuscript 768315.2), which is not included in the Occom Circle.][note (type: signature): The document is unsigned.]
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To the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Docr | Dr.]DocrDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
Most worthy Sir, with modesty [& | and]&and fear, I crave the honour of your listening Ear, To my weak [Muſe | muse]Muſemuse who in her humble [Ryme | rhyme]Rymerhyme, Attempts a Subject lofty and sublime: Pardon the [raſhneſs | rashness]raſhneſsrashness of my youthful Lays, Whilst I would try to celebrate the [praiſe | praise]praiſepraise, Of your grand Scheme your great and noble Plan, Well worthy of the [moſt | most]moſtmost illustrious Man — . —
Sure bounteous Heaven [inspird | inspired]inspirdinspired your pious Mind, With fervent Love and pity to Mankind, With generous Concern [inflamd | inflamed]inflamdinflamed your Soul, And [movd | moved]movdmoved your heart with Sorrow to condole, The dismal Lot of [thouſands | thousands]thouſandsthousands of Mankind Who under Satans Tyranny [confind | confined]confindconfined, Bow to his Sceptre tremble at his nod, [Proſtrate | Prostrate]ProſtrateProstrate and before him [confeſs | confess]confeſsconfess him God.
Thus Adams tawny Sons you saw [illegible][inslavd | enslaved]inslavdenslaved You [longd | longed]longdlonged and [wiſh'd | wished]wiſh'dwished and [pray'd | prayed]pray'dprayed they might be [sav'd | saved]sav'dsaved From hells black Tyrant and their piteous [Caſe | case]Caſecase, And made the subjects of triumphant Grace. The Devil you beheld with stern Command, [Controul | Control]ControulControl the Natives of this fertile Land; That roaring Monster hideous [feirce | fierce]feircefierce and fell, Led Millions of [theſe | these]theſethese Ignorant Souls to Hell,
But God propitious [movd | moved]movdmoved you to contrive, A glorious Scheme whereby he might deprive, Satan of all his [vaſsals | vassals]vaſsalsvassals and throw down His hellish Kingdom and infernal Crown. The Plan first laid was small in infant state The means were slender [tho' | though]tho'though the End was great, But the great God beholding from the Skies [Smild | Smiled]SmildSmiled on [th' | thine]th'thine attempt and bid it grow and [riſe | rise]riſerise, [Or'e ruld | Overruled]Or'e ruldOverruled it by his gracious Providence His mighty Power becomes its strong Defence. By Day he guards it and by night protects, [Bleſses | Blesses]BleſsesBlesses its [Intreſts | interests]Intreſtsinterests its concerns directs: It [flouriſhes | flourishes]flouriſhesflourishes and blooms beneath his hands. Its fame illustrious sounds to foreign Lands. The Good, and [wiſe | wise]wiſewise adore its guardian Lord And, Gold and Silver to its help afford, Their pious hearts unite and all combine, To [for ward | forward]for wardforward and [up hold | uphold]up holduphold the grand [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign. As when the [Aunt | ant]Auntant [tuggs | tugs]tuggstugs at his ponderous Load and strives to bear it [thro | through]throthrough the narrow Road, The neighbouring Train view from their humble Dome, Run to his help and bring the Burden home. So here your Friends with [pleaſure | pleasure]pleaſurepleasure, [& | and]&and [surprize | surprise]surprizesurprise behold your great and glorious [Enterprize | Enterprise]EnterprizeEnterprise [Inflamd | Inflamed]InflamdInflamed with Zeal for such a heavenly plan with Joy afford it all the[illegible] help they can
And [pleaſd | pleased]pleaſdpleased behold the Seminary[org0098.ocp] [riſe | rise]riſerise [Bleſs'd | Blessed]Bleſs'dBlessed by the almighty Father of the Skies,
Old Satan saw and was with motive [fill,d | filled]fill,dfilled The se^[above] r^rpent [hiſs'd | hissed]hiſs'dhissed and the great Dragon [yell,d | yelled]yell,dyelled Fearing his [Pow'r | power]Pow'rpower and [kindgom | kingdom]kindgomkingdom would be [loſt | lost]loſtlost, He marshals all his black infernal [Hoſt | host]Hoſthost His Servants all with execrable Lies Reproach the Author and his [Enterprize | enterprise]Enterprizeenterprise Mocking revile him with malicious Taunts, "Ay, Gold he covets Money's all he wants, "[Cloak'd | Cloaked]Cloak'dCloaked under this pretext, he craves an alms, "He is a Priest, they all have itching Palms, "Their [greateſt | greatest]greateſtgreatest care is how they may grow rich, "So, blindly lead the blind into the Ditch. "What will he christianize this savage Brood? "He'd sooner much make Devils Sa^[above] i^ints of God, "What give him Money? I'll not give a groat, "I'd rather give him Powder Guns and [Shott | shot]Shottshot "I'd rather ravage all their B barbarous plains, "And cut their throats, and [daſh | dash]daſhdash out all their Brains.
But God beholds old Satan and his Tools, Laughs at their Rage, their Envy ridicules: [illegible]Brings down their ^[above] Pride^Pride their Malice he [ristrains | restrains]ristrainsrestrains And binds the Devil in his iron Chains Satan is baff[illegible]led [& | and]&and his [hoſts | hosts]hoſtshosts give way The glorious Plan is wafted [or'e | over]or'eover the Sea Its fame [reſounds | resounds]reſoundsresounds in Britains [Proſperous | prosperous]Proſperousprosperous [Iſe | isle]Iſeisle Her Sons rejoice and and all her Daughters smile Her [nobleſt | noblest]nobleſtnoblest Heros deign to patronize The heavenly Scheme the glorious [Enterprize | enterprise]Enterprizeenterprise Great George[pers0305.ocp] who rules his Realm with mild command Freely contributes with a liberal hand Nor thinks it far beneath his Dignity To look upon it with propitious Eye While Peers and [Peaſants | peasants]Peaſantspeasants [immitate | imitate]immitateimitate their Lord Orphans, [& | and]&and Widows each their Mites afford. All but the Devil and his Imps combine To [proſecute | prosecute]proſecuteprosecute the great, and good Design They [bleſs | bless]bleſsbless the Lord with [moſt | most]moſtmost exalted Lays The noble Founder shares the second [praiſe | praise]praiſepraise
And now great Sir review the small foundation, Which [firſt | first]firſtfirst you laid; to what exalted Station, Your School[org0098.ocp] has [roſe | rose]roſerose by the Almighty [Smils | smiles]Smilssmiles. And by your Labours, [& | and]&and [unwearyd | unwearied]unwearydunwearied Toils. NNo doubt your Soul rejoices in the Lord And calmly [reſts | rests]reſtsrests upon his glorious word That he'll one day [fullfull | fulfill]fullfullfulfill your great [Deſire | desire]Deſiredesire Affect the End to which you [moſt | most]moſtmost [aſpire | aspire]aſpireaspire. The great [Jehovah,s | Jehovah's]Jehovah,sJehovah's been your constant Guide [Remov,d | Removed]Remov,dRemoved your fears, and all your wants [supply.d | supplied]supply.dsupplied In spite of hell, and all infernal Arms, your Institution[org0098.ocp] stands amidst the Storms
of Envy Malice Rage and Enmity. As ponderous Rocks amidst the foaming sea Break the Loud Billows when the Ocean raves, And Scorns the [Vengence | vengeance]Vengencevengeance of the [Thret'ning | threatening]Thret'ningthreatening waves.
Now [pleas.d | pleased]pleas.dpleased behold what [bliſsfull | blissful]bliſsfullblissful [Proſpects | prospects]Proſpectsprospects [riſe | rise]riſerise Gladden our hearts and [bleſs | bless]bleſsbless our longing Eyes, The Glorious Sun of [righteouſneſs | righteousness]righteouſneſsrighteousness [deſplays | displays]deſplaysdisplays. His genial [Infl'ence | influence]Infl'enceinfluence his life-giving Rays Begins [t'illumine | to illumine]t'illumineto illumine the benighted Part of savage Lands, and bow their Stubborn hearts To the [Mieſiſiahs | Messiah's]MieſiſiahsMessiah's [illegible]mild, and gentle Sway; Scatters the Gloom, and [chaſes | chases]chaſeschases clouds away. Shall not the gracious [promiſe | promise]promiſepromise be [fullfilld | fulfilled]fullfilldfulfilled? And the [Immanuals | Immanuel's]ImmanualsImmanuel's Glory be [reveald | revealed]revealdrevealed, When [Chriſt | Christ]ChriſtChrist [adorn'd | adorned]adorn'dadorned with Light, and [Righteouſneſs | righteousness]Righteouſneſsrighteousness Shall the [moſt | most]moſtmost distant [barberous | barbarous]barberousbarbarous Lands [poſseſs | possess]poſseſspossess, Rule [o're | over]o'reover the Nations with [auſpicious | auspicious]auſpiciousauspicious Power Exalt his Saints his Foes in wrath devour.
Hail happy Day by [antient | ancient]antientancient Bards for^[above] e^etold When heathen Nations shall with Joy behold [Freſh | Fresh]FreſhFresh [Roſes | roses]Roſesroses bloom, and sudden verdure [riſe | rise]riſerise Where the tall groves stand towering to the Skies When barren [Deſarts | deserts]Deſartsdeserts overgrown with wood, Afford a peaceful [Manſion | mansion]Manſionmansion for our God. When Rocks shall triumph and the Mountains sing The Flood rejoice and vales with [Muſick | music]Muſickmusic ring. As sang [illuſtreous | illustrious]illuſtreousillustrious Pope[pers1769.ocp] of [deathleſs | deathless]deathleſsdeathless fame who [tund | tuned]tundtuned his Anthem to [Meſsiahs | Messiah's]MeſsiahsMessiah's Name. "When Lambs with wolves shall graze the verdant Mead "And Boys on [flowry | flowery]flowryflowery Banks the [Tygers | tigers]Tygerstigers lead "The Steer, and [Lyon | lion]Lyonlion at one Crib shall meet, "And [harmleſs | harmless]harmleſsharmless Serpents lick the Pilgrims feet In lofty [Forreſts | forests]Forreſtsforests, Haunts of savage [Beaſts | beasts]Beaſtsbeasts, Where Birds of prey build, up their artful [Ne[illegible]ſts | nests]Ne[illegible]ſtsnests Lilies shall spring; [freſh | fresh]freſhfresh verdure green appear, And plenteous [harveſts | harvests]harveſtsharvests crown the smiling year. Tall Ranks of Corn shall meet our wondering Eyes, and fill our Joyful hearts with new [suprize | surprise]suprizesurprise, Magnific Temples Sacred to our God adorn the Place where [smoaky | smoky]smoakysmoky huts ^[above] [illegible]^[illegible] late stood. Soon may the Lord to this [illegible] glad Day give birth and joy and [gladneſs | gladness]gladneſsgladness fill the extended Earth May Grace and Glory spread from shore to shore and savage barbarous yells be heard no more
ye tawny Mortals [leve | leave]leveleave your wild [reſorts | resorts]reſortsresorts Your dismal Powwows and your cruel Sports. [For bear | Forebear]For bearForebear to range the woods in [queſt | quest]queſtquest of Prey your Arrows break, your weapons [caſt | cast]caſtcast away [Meſsiah | Messiah]MeſsiahMessiah woos you with his [boundleſs | boundless]boundleſsboundless Love, yield to his Sceptre, and his Laws approve, Give over all your necromantic Schemes [Delucive | Delusive]DeluciveDelusive [Viſions | Visions]ViſionsVisions and [fantaſtic | fantastic]fantaſticfantastic Dreams, [Forbear | Forebear]ForbearForebear to [worſhip | worship]worſhipworship the black [hoſts | hosts]hoſtshosts of Hell Fell Rage, and Malice from your Minds [expell | expel]expellexpel [In stead | Instead]In steadInstead of bloody songs, your voices [raiſe | raise]raiſeraise In heavenly Anthems [& | and]&and [Meſsiahs | Messiahs]MeſsiahsMessiahs [Praiſe | praise]Praiſepraise
Thus the old Serpents Plots you shall confound His tottering throne shall tumble to the Ground His ruined Kingdom with Destruction [fill'd | filled]fill'dfilled Shall force him with disgrace to quit the [Feild | field]Feildfield. [Darkneſs | Darkness]DarkneſsDarkness and Clouds shall all be [chaſ'd | chased]chaſ'dchased away Gods glorious Truth and Grace their Light [deſ[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): pl]play | display]deſ[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): pl]playdisplay, and fill your Souls with bright [reſplendous | resplendent]reſplendousresplendent Rays And tune your Heart to sing eternal [praiſe | praise]praiſepraise. Such heart reviving Times such [bliſsful | blissful]bliſsfulblissful years Great Sir, will [recompence | recompense]recompencerecompense your [heavieſt | heaviest]heavieſtheaviest Cares.
Now may that God who rules [unnumber'd | unnumbered]unnumber'dunnumbered Spheres Attend propitious to your ardent [praysers | prayers]praysersprayers Grant you the fervent [wiſhes | wishes]wiſheswishes of your Soul Extend his Truth divine from Pole to pole. And when Cold Death shall [cloſe | close]cloſeclose your [[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): swim]swiming | swimming][illegible][guess (h-dawnd): swim]swimingswimming Eyes And your [bleſs.d | blessed]bleſs.dblessed Soul triumphant mount the Skies, May Heaven receive you with this Salutation, Come favourite Soul [poſseſs | possess]poſseſspossess thy great Salvation. With never [ceaſing | ceasing]ceaſingceasing Songs come join our [hoſt | host]hoſthost And [praiſe | praise]praiſepraise the Father, Son, [& | and]&and holy [Ghoſt | Ghost]GhoſtGhost. There may you see throned in eternal Light, Each soul that by your Means [hath | has]hathhas [shun.d | shunned]shun.dshunned the Spite of Satan and his black infernal Race, And [gaind | gained]gaindgained the Realms of [everlaſting | everlasting]everlaſtingeverlasting [Bliſs | bliss]Bliſsbliss.
[illegible]May every Savage you to [Chriſt | Christ]ChriſtChrist have won Sparkle like Stars in your eternal Crown. [illegible]Finis
[right] A. Poem presented in a Letter from Philo-[muſa | musa]muſamusa[pers0209.ocp]Yale College[org0107.ocp] May [15.th | 15th]15.th15th 1768[1768-05-15]
A. Poem presented in a Letter from Philo-[muſa | musa]muſamusa[pers0209.ocp]Yale College[org0107.ocp] May [15.th | 15th]15.th15th 1768[1768-05-15]
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pers0036.ocp Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0305.ocp George mentioned Frederick, George William
pers1769.ocp Pope mentioned Pope, Alexander
pers0209.ocp Philo- muſa musa writer Frisbie, Levi

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org0098.ocp Seminary Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0098.ocp Your School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0098.ocp Institution Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0107.ocp Yale College Yale University

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Thret'ning threatening
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