To my Dear and Loving Husband

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.
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
7My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
8Nor ought but love from thee give recompence.
9Thy love is such I can no way repay.
10The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
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. Back to Line
6] the east: East Indies. Back to Line
11] persever: likely accented on the second syllable. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.