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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Godly Living in a New England Town

Godly Living in a New England Town

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Early Evangelicalism

Timothy Dwight

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This chapter presents Timothy Dwight's Greenfield Hill: A Poem, in Seven Parts (1794). Dwight was a pivotal leader during the Second Great Awakening. Aside from being a preacher and president of Yale, he was a prolific author whose literary corpus includes sermons and theological treatises as well as poems. Greenfield Hill, dedicated to John Adams, describes New England in general, and the town of Greenfield in Massachusetts in particular, as the ideal godly environment for fostering piety. In part five of the poem, Dwight advises the townsfolk on how to avoid the pitfalls of sin while encouraging them in godly living.

Keywords:   poems, Greenfield Hill, John Adams, Timothy Dwight, New England, Greenfield, Massachusetts, piety, sin, godly living

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