Day of Doom

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Michael Wigglesworth (1631—1705) poet and minister


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Theological poem in ballad meter by Michael Wigglesworth, published in 1662. The subject is indicated by the subtitle, A Poetical Description of the Great and Last Judgment. Few stanzas approach the poetic, and the work is now interesting only as a historical document, but in its own day it was immensely popular in both America and England. It is estimated that a copy was sold for one in every 20 persons then in New England, or one in every 45 in the colonies. Other versified theology of the same nature is annexed to the work as preface and postscript, while “Vanity of Vanities” serves as a “Song of Emptiness To Fill Up the Empty Pages Following.”

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