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Anne Bradstreet (ca. 1612-1672)

By Night when Others Soundly Slept


1
              1By night when others soundly slept
              2And hath at once both ease and Rest,
              3My waking eyes were open kept
              4And so to lie I found it best.

2
              5I sought him whom my Soul did Love,
              6With tears I sought him earnestly.
              7He bow'd his ear down from Above.
              8In vain I did not seek or cry.

3
              9My hungry Soul he fill'd with Good;
            10He in his Bottle put my tears,
            11My smarting wounds washt in his blood,
            12And banisht thence my Doubts and fears.

4
            13What to my Saviour shall I give
            14Who freely hath done this for me?
            15I'll serve him here whilst I shall live
            16And Loue him to Eternity.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Anne Bradstreet, manuscript of meditations, Stevens Memorial Library, North Andover, Mass., reproduced in Anne Bradstreet, The Tenth Muse (1650), a facsimile reproduction with an introduction by Josephine K.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1997.
Recent editing: 4:2002/1/19

Form: Long Hymnal Measure
Rhyme: abab


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