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. Here follows, on three and one-half pages in the Diary, the first canto (64 lines)
from Edmund Waller's poem, “Of the Fear of God. In Two Cantoes.” Possibly JQA
transcribed it from his own copy of Works of Edmund Waller, Esq. in Verse and Prose
. . ., London, 1772, p. 147–149, which, according to his bookplate, he purchased
sometime in 1781 (MQA
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.