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To My Dear And Loving Husband

by Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet, American poet, was born in Northhampton, England, in 1612, and died on September 16, 1672 in North Andover, Massachusetts. Bradstreet was the first woman to publish a book of poetry in America. The poems were published using an anonymous author, but it was widely known who the true writer was.

Anne was married to Simon Bradstreet, Colonial Governor of Massachusetts, for more than 40 years until her death. They were married when she was 16.

 

If ever two were one then surely we, 
If ever man were loved 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 recompense. 
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 persevere, 
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

 

Source: Anne Bradstreet and her Time, By Helen Campbell, 1891


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