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Upon Some Distemper Of Body

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.

 

In anguish of my heart repleat with woes, 
And wasting pains, which best my body knows, 
In tossing slumbers on my wakeful bed, 
Bedrencht with tears that flow from mournful head, 
Till nature had exhausted all her store, 
Then eyes lay dry disabled to weep more; 
And looking up unto his Throne on high, 
Who sendeth help to those in misery; 
He chas'd away those clouds and let me see, 
My Anchor cast i' th' vale with safety, 
He eas'd my soul of woe, my flesh of pain, 
And brought me to the shore from troubled Main.

 

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


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