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Jones Very


Jones Very (August 28, 1813 – May 8, 1880) was an American essayist, poet, clergymen, and mystic associated with the American Transcendentalism movement. He was known as a scholar of William Shakespeare and many of his poems were Shakespearean sonnets. He was well-known and respected amongst the Transcendentalists, though he had a mental breakdown early in his career.


  • I looked to find a man who walked with God,
    Like the translated patriarch of old;--
    Though gladdened millions on His footstool trod,
    Yet none with him did such sweet converse hold;
    I heard the wind in low complaint go by
    That none his melodies like him could hear;
    Day unto day spoke wisdom from on high,
    Yet none like David turned a willing ear;
    God walked alone unhonored through the earth;
    For Him no heart-built temple open stood,
    The soul forgetful of her nobler birth
    Had hewn him lofty shrines of stone and wood,
    And left unfinished and in ruins still
    The only temple he delights to fill.
    • “Enoch”
  • Come! for I need Thy love,
    More than the flower the dew, or grass the rain;
    Come like Thy Holy Dove,
    And let me in Thy sight rejoice to live again.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 390.

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