John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States was well known for his use of words. This handwritten poem, which was transcribed from the 104th Psalm, below is a wonderful example of not only his appreciation for the Word of God, but also of his firm conviction and faith in God.

*The spellings have been updated.


To Miss Mary Talbot
John Quincy Adams
Oh! Lord, my God! How great art Thou!
With honor, and with glory crown’d
Lights dazzling splendors veil thy brow,
And gird the universe around.Beneath the deep, above the skies
Thy mansion boundless space we find.
Thy Spirit in the Tempest flies
And spreads the pinions of the wind.

From the 104th Psalm
Washington 10 Sept. 1841