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Anne Bradstreet - A Letter to Her Husband

Absent upon Public Employment 

My head, my heart, mine eyes, my life, nay more,
My joy, my magazine, of earthly store,
If two be one, as surely thou and I,
How stayest thou there, whilst I at Ipswich lie?
So many steps, head from the heart to sever,
If but a neck, soon should we be together.
I, like the Earth this season, mourn in black,
My Sun is gone so far in's zodiac,
Whom whilst I 'joyed, nor storms, nor frost I felt,
His warmth such fridged colds did cause to melt.
My chilled limbs now numbed lie forlorn;
Return; return, sweet Sol, from Capricorn;
In this dead time, alas, what can I more
Than view those fruits which through thy heart I bore?
Which sweet contentment yield me for a space,
True living pictures of their father's face.
O strange effect! now thou art southward gone,
I weary grow the tedious day so long;
But when thou northward to me shalt return,
I wish my Sun may never set, but burn
Within the Cancer of my glowing breast,
The welcome house of him my dearest guest.
Where ever, ever stay, and go not thence,
Till nature's sad decree shall call thee hence;
Flesh of thy flesh, bone of thy bone,
I here, thou there, yet both but one. 

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Poet: Anne Bradstreet
Poem: A Letter to Her Husband
Poem of the Day: Apr 27 2008

Comment 2 of 2, added on February 18th, 2010 at 12:45 PM.

Haha, too bad Anne Bradstreet wrote this in the 1600s. Not exactly the picture of the 19th century women you had in mind, is it?

Cate from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on April 28th, 2007 at 12:10 PM.

We have to admit that a woman of 19th century who was dealing with the housework,the fields,the raising of her children AND zodiacs couldn't have been but a charismatic person!

despina from Greece

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