"Here stood that Trunk, and there that chest;
There lay that store I counted best:
My pleasant things in ashes lye,
And them behold no more shall I.
Under thy roof no guest shall sitt,
Nor at thy Table eat a bitt."
This table of contents contains the poetry on Fire and Ice. There a Table of Contents for sermons and extracts, and a separate listing for history and biography.
This page includes both Puritan poets and Non-Puritans.
- Anne Bradstreet
- Poems and Meditations
She was the first English poet in America, and her poems are filled with her struggles and faith.
- William Cowper
From the friend and collaborator of John Newton came a steady stream of poems and hymns, many familiar today. Here are a few hymns and extracts from his longer poems.
- Ralph Erskine
Although Ralph is not as well-known as his brother Ebenezer, he was more literary, musically inclined, and theologically deep. His poems are devotional and spiritually sensitive. Here is Calvinism put to song.
- Edward Taylor
A selection of poems by a contemporary of Increase Mather and Solomon Stoddard. The Puritans not only preached great sermons, some of them created masterpieces of devotional literature as well. Give them a try.
- Michael Wigglesworth
His poetry was not so polished as Taylor's, nevertheless Wigglesworth captured the doctrinal and religious life of the New England Puritans. His works were very popular among them, second only to Bunyan. Contributed by Stephen Lawson.
- John Newton
- Newton wrote many hymns, both with Cowper and on his own. He also wrote poetry. While he is not as elegant a poet as Cowper, his poetry has a clarity and simple charm that is appealing.
- On Dreaming
- The World
- Praise for the Incarnation
- Men Honoured Above Angels
- Saturday Evening
- At the Close of the Year
- Joy and Peace in Believing
- The Day of Judgement
- Bitter and Sweet
- Prayer Answered by Crosses
- Poems Inspired by Samuel Rutherford
- Last Words by Mrs. A. R. Cousin. Based on several of the Letters and S.R.'s last words. It was set to music, and is in the Trinity Hymnal under the title "The Sands Of Time Are Sinking." Here are all the stanzas.
- Through Brier and Bush by Faith Cook. A lovely poem based on Letter 131, from her book "Grace in Winter."
- Richard Baxter
- A Psalm of Praise
- Non-Puritan Poems
- Here are some poems that I feel need to be included in Fire and Ice. Their inclusion should not be construed as any endorsement of any erroneous theological beliefs of their authors. That these poets expressed noble Christian sentiments with beauty and grace is sufficent reason for their works to be appreciated in their proper sphere. "Christianus sum; nihil christianii alienum me puto."
- Isaac Watts
- When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
- Naked As From The Earth We Came
- Infinite Grief! Amazing Woe!
- We Are A Garden Wall'd Around
- There Is A Land Of Pure Delight
- O God, Our Help In Ages Past
- Hosanna To The Royal Son
- Our Days, Alas! Our Mortal Days
- Where-E'er My Flatt'ring Passions Rove
- Thus Saith The Ruler Of The Skies
- George Herbert
- A True Hymn
- Colossians 3:3
- The Windows
- Love (I)
- Love (II)
- The Temper (1)
- The Temper (2)
- Jordan (I)
- Employment (I)
- An Offering
- The Rose
- Charles Wesley
- Thou Shepherd of Israel, and Mine
- Head Of Thy Church, Whose Spirit Fills
- Holy Spirit
- Granted Is The Savior's Prayer
- Being of Beings, God of Love!
- Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending
- Jesu, Lover Of My Soul
- Blest Be The Dear, Uniting Love
- Father Of Everlasting Grace
- Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
- Jesus, The Name High Over All
- During his Courtship
- For his Wife, on her Birthday
- Deutche Gedichte
- Übersetzungen von/ With English translation by Leonard Forster
- Von dem christlichen Abschied dieser Welt Johann Hesse
- Nunc dimittis Martin Luther
- Über die Geburt Jesu Andreas Gryphius
- Laß dich nur nichts nicht tauren Paul Fleming
- Andacht Paul Fleming