Here Follow Several Occasional Meditations

An Electronic Edition · Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

Original Source: The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse. Edited by John Harvard Ellis. (Charlestown: A. E. Cutter, 1867)

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Here follow several occasionall meditations.


BY night when others soundly slept, 
And had at once both ease and Rest, 
My waking eyes were open kept, 
And so to lye I found it best.4.


I sought him whom my Soul did Love, 
With tears I sought him earnestly; 
He bow’d his ear down from Above, 
In vain I did not seek or cry.7.


My hungry Soul he fill’d with Good, 
He in his Bottle putt my teares, 
My smarting wounds washt in his blood, 
And banisht thence my Doubts and feares.11.


What to my Saviour shall I give, 
Who freely hath done this for me? 
I’le serve him here whilst I shall live, 
And Love him to Eternity.15.

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Genre: Poetry
Subjects: Religion
Period: 1650-1700
Location: New England
Format: verse

This text was first published in 1650 in The Tenth Muse lately sprung up in America.

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