By Night when Others Soundly Slept

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.