||To My Dear Husband
|Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) is one of the most important figures in the history of American Literature. Considered by many to be the first American poet. Her earliest poems resulted in the first book written by a woman to be published in the United States.
|If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye woman, 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.
The while we live, in love let's so persevere,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
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