Missions to the Western Indians, also signed "Melville," appeared on the front page of the same issue.
So now we have "Melville"--that is, the American Baptist poet and advocate for Indians Melville--in Newton, Massachusetts on June 26, 1838. Let's open our bibles and check, where do we find Herman Melville on or about June 26, 1838?
"Nothing is known of his activities in June and July, but on August 1 he set out for Pittsfield again." --William H. Gilman, Melville's Early Life and Redburn
"What Herman was doing remains a mystery." --Hershel Parker, Herman Melville: A Biography V1.129
For the Watchman.
Stanzas to the Memory of the Rev. Prof. J. D. Knowles.
The sun has gained his fervid prime;
The vernal tide again is flown;
But one, whose eye would bless such time,
Is gone,—for Heaven has claimed its own.
But Heaven to death shall never give
A triumph o’er th’ immortal mind;
And dear his memory shall live,
In true and faithful breasts enshrined.
Kind was his heart; his love sincere,
Enfolding all the race of man;
While charity, a fountain clear,
Through all his life unfailing ran.
More blest than who, from sanguine fields,
In triumph wears the laurel crown,
He left a name which grateful yields
Such meed as peace delights to own.
On rayless minds he joyed to ope
The holy gospel’s heavenly light;
And eloquent display the hope
Which gilds the gloom of death’s dark night.
His fame let other days declcare,
Whom friends deplore, and Zion weeps;
While love bedews the green turf where
The husband and the father sleeps.
Sweet be that sleep!—Above his tomb,
The willow’s pensive bough shall bend;
The tender flowers in beauty bloom,
And angel-guards his rest defend.
Then rest thee thus, till time shall die,
And heaven, all earth and nature lost,
Shall lift her golden portals high,
To welcome in the ransomed host.
Newton, June 26, 1838. MELVILLE.
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