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COLES, Abraham, author, born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, 26 December, 1813. After studying law for six months he began the study of medicine, was graduated at Jefferson medical College, Philadelphia, in 1835, and settled in Newark, New Jersey, in 1836. He visited Europe in 1848, and again in 1854, and was in Paris during the insurrection of June, 1848, of which he wrote an account in a series of letters to the Newark "Advertiser." He has published a volume containing thirteen original translations of the celebrated hymn "Dies Irae" (New York, 1859). "Stabat Mater Dolorosa " (1865); " Sta-bat Mater Speciosa" (1866); "Old Gems in New Settings" (1866); "The Microcosm," a physiological poem, read before the New Jersey medical society while he was its president in 1866 (1866 ; 2d ed., with other poems, 1881); "The Evangel in Verse," with Scripture text and notes (1874): "The Light of the World " (1884), and various reviews and papers, on literary, medical, and scientific subjects. Heisnow (1886) engaged on the task of versifying the Psalms. Princeton gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1871.
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