“They say there is a young lady in New Haven” by Jonathan Edwards

“They say there is a young lady in New Haven who is beloved of that great Being who made and rules the world, and that there are certain seasons in which this great Being, in some way or other invisible, comes to her and fills her mind with exceeding sweet delight, and that she hardly cares for anything, except to meditate on Him—that she expects after a while to be received up where He is, to be raised up out of the world and caught up into heaven; being assured that He loves her too well to let her remain at a distance from Him always.

There she is to dwell with Him, and to be ravished with His love and delight forever… She has a strange sweetness in her mind, and singular purity in her affections; is most just and conscientious in all her conduct; and you could not persuade her to do anything wrong or sinful, if you would give her all the world, lest she should offend this great Being. She is of a wonderful sweetness, calmness and universal benevolence of mind; especially after this great God has manifested himself to her mind…. She loves to be alone, walking in the fields and groves, and seems to have someone invisible always conversing with her.”

-–Jonathan Edwards, a love letter to Sarah Pierpont written in 1723, quoted in The Great Awakening, ed. C. C. Goen, Vol. 4 of Works of Jonathan Edwards (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1972), 69.

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One response to ““They say there is a young lady in New Haven” by Jonathan Edwards

  1. Oh my goodness, this is so inspiring! Sherri Youngward wrote a beautiful song based upon this letter called “She Looks to the Sky” which became my anthem as a single woman missionary in Ireland. What a blessing to read this! Thank you!

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