4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

To My Dear and Loving Husband

  • If ever two were one, then surely we.
  • If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
  • If ever wife were happy in a man,
  • Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
  • I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
  • Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
  • My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
  • Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
  • Thy love is such I can no way repay,
  • The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray,
  • Then while we live, in love let’s so persevere
  • that when we live no more, we may live ever.

Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672) was born in Northampton, England, and arrived in the New World in 1630 to become a member of one of the founding families of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. At the age of 16, Anne was married to Simon Bradstreet, a 25-year-old assistant in the Massachusetts Bay Company and the son of a Puritan  minister. She and her husband Simon settled in North Andover and became the parents of eight children. Anne had no inclination to publish her poetry but  her brother-in-law, John Woodbridge, had secretly copied Anne’s work and had a volume of it published in England in 1650 without her permission. In poor health much of her life, Anne suffered both smallpox and tuberculosis, the latter disease proving fatal when she was in her 60th year. Seven years after her death her husband Simon became governor of Massachusetts. Anne Bradstreet is considered to have been this country’s first poet.

Sponsored
Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Three poems for June by Julia Wehner

Cora, Cecilia, and Fettuccia
Next Article

San Diego planning commission decides not to jump off cliff just yet

Too scary: 10 units per parcel and tossing out exemptions for historic areas
  • If ever two were one, then surely we.
  • If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
  • If ever wife were happy in a man,
  • Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
  • I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
  • Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
  • My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
  • Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
  • Thy love is such I can no way repay,
  • The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray,
  • Then while we live, in love let’s so persevere
  • that when we live no more, we may live ever.

Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672) was born in Northampton, England, and arrived in the New World in 1630 to become a member of one of the founding families of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. At the age of 16, Anne was married to Simon Bradstreet, a 25-year-old assistant in the Massachusetts Bay Company and the son of a Puritan  minister. She and her husband Simon settled in North Andover and became the parents of eight children. Anne had no inclination to publish her poetry but  her brother-in-law, John Woodbridge, had secretly copied Anne’s work and had a volume of it published in England in 1650 without her permission. In poor health much of her life, Anne suffered both smallpox and tuberculosis, the latter disease proving fatal when she was in her 60th year. Seven years after her death her husband Simon became governor of Massachusetts. Anne Bradstreet is considered to have been this country’s first poet.

Sponsored
Sponsored
Comments
Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

The Sess showcase gig, Sam Hinton folk festival, Stay Strange summer series, Sara Petite album release, Laura Chavez BMA trophy

From Little Italy to Poway, Rolando, Solana Beach, and San Jose.
Next Article

San Diego planning commission decides not to jump off cliff just yet

Too scary: 10 units per parcel and tossing out exemptions for historic areas
Comments
Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close