In Memory of my Dear Grandchild Anne Bradstreet, who deceased June 20, 1669, being Three Years and Seven Months Old

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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In memory of my
dear grand-child
Anne Bradstreet. Who deceased June
20. 1669. being three years and seven Moneths

WIth troubled heart & trembling hand I
The Heavens have chang’d to sorrow my delight. 
How oft with disappointment have I met, 
When I on fading things my hopes have set? 
Experience might ‘fore this have made me wise,5.
To value things according to their price: 
Was ever stable joy yet found below? 
Or perfect bliss without mixture of woe. 
I knew she was but as a withering flour, 
That’s here to day, perhaps gone in an hour;10.
Like as a bubble, or the brittle glass, 
Or like a shadow turning as it was. 
More fool then I to look on that was lent, 
As if mine own, when thus impermanent. 
Farewel dear child, thou ne’re shall come to me,15.
But yet a while, and I shall go to thee; 
Mean time my throbbing heart’s chear’d up with this 
Thou with thy Savior art in endless bliss. 

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

This text was first published in 1678 in Several Poems.

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