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Short poem

Anne Bradstreet (ca. 1612-1672)

To my Dear and Loving Husband

              1If ever two were one, then surely we.
              2If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee.
              3If ever wife was happy in a man,
              4Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
              5I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold
              6Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
              7My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
              8Nor ought but love from thee give recompetence.
              9Thy love is such I can no way repay.
            10The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
            11Then while we live, in love let's so persever
            12That when we live no more, we may live ever.


1] we: Anne's husband was Simon Bradstreet (1603-97). They were married in England in 1628.

6] the east: East Indies.

11] persever: likely accented on the second syllable.

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, Several Poems, 2nd edn. (Boston: John Foster, 1678). Cf. The Complete Works of Anne Bradstreet, ed. Joseph R. McElrath, Jr., and Allan P. Robb (Boston: Twayne, 1981): 180.
First publication date: 1678
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1997.
Recent editing: 4:2002/1/20

Form: Heroic Couplets

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