Very, Jones, 1813–80, American poet, b. Salem, Mass., studied at Harvard Divinity School. His mystical poems express his belief in total surrender to the will of God and his reverence for nature as a symbol of the Divine. Emerson edited Very's Essays and Poems (1839). Posthumous volumes of Very's works were Poems (1883) and Poems and Essays (ed. by J. F. Clarke, 1886).
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