A FEW LINES COMPOSED ON THE DARK DAY, of May 19, 1780
A FEW LINES COMPOSED ON THE DARK DAY, of May 19, 1780

A FEW LINES COMPOSED ON THE DARK DAY, of May 19, 1780

[Boston? 1780?]. Broadside, 34 x 24.5 cm. With printers' ornaments separating title from text and at the foot of the second column, and an ornamental rule between the columns. There a variations of this poem printed, ca. 1780. In the present edition, the title appears in two lines, the second beginning with the word "of." Verse in twenty-two numbered stanzas; first two lines: "Let us adore, and bow before, the sovereign Lord of might." Laid down on archival paper, one small hole in verse 3 with loss of a few letters, verses 2 and 6 have small holes that catch the edge of a letter. AAS: "The darkness which extended over much of New England was presumably the result of smoke and ashes from a forest fire, trapped in the atmosphere by excessive moisture." BUMGARDNER American Broadsides no.57 BRISTOL B5087 SHIPTON 43800 FORD 2268 WEGELIN 586 ESTC W11966 lists AAS, NY Hist. Soc. Item #64399

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