Anne Bradstreet Poems
- To My Dear And Loving Husband If ever two were one, then...
- In Reference To Her Children I had eight birds hatched in one...
- Author To Her Book, The Thou ill-form'd offspring of my ...
- Of The Four Ages Of Man Lo, now four other act upon the ...
- We May Live Together If ever two were one, then surely ...
- Before The Birth Of One Of Her... All things within ...
- Contemplations Sometime now past in the Autumnal Tide, ...
Bradstreet was born Anne Dudley in Northampton, England, 1612. She was the daughter of Thomas Dudley, a steward of the Earl of Lincoln, and Dorothy Yorke. Due to her family's position she grew up in cultured circumstances and was a well-educated woman for her time, being tutored in history, several languages and literature. At the age of sixteen she married Simon Bradstreet. Both Anne's father and husband were later to serve as governors of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Anne and Simon, along with Anne's parents, immigrated to America aboard the Arbella as part of the Winthrop Fleet of Puritan emigrants in 1630.
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''But man grows old, lies down, remains where once he's laid.''Anne Bradstreet (c. 1612-1672), Anglo-American poet. Contemplations (l. 126). . . Poets of the English Language, Vols. I-V. Vol. I: Langland to Sp...
To My Dear And Loving Husband
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompetence.
Thy love is such I can no way repay.
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persever
That when we live no more, we may live ever.