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Anne Bradstreet - The Author to her Book

Thou ill-form'd offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth did'st by my side remain,
Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true,
Who thee abroad expos'd to public view,
Made thee in rags, halting to th' press to trudge,
Where errors were not lessened (all may judge).
At thy return my blushing was not small,
My rambling brat (in print) should mother call.
I cast thee by as one unfit for light,
Thy Visage was so irksome in my sight,
Yet being mine own, at length affection would
Thy blemishes amend, if so I could.
I wash'd thy face, but more defects I saw,
And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.
I stretcht thy joints to make thee even feet,
Yet still thou run'st more hobbling than is meet.
In better dress to trim thee was my mind,
But nought save home-spun Cloth, i' th' house I find.
In this array, 'mongst Vulgars mayst thou roam.
In Critics' hands, beware thou dost not come,
And take thy way where yet thou art not known.
If for thy Father askt, say, thou hadst none;
And for thy Mother, she alas is poor,
Which caus'd her thus to send thee out of door. 

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Poet: Anne Bradstreet
Poem: The Author to her Book
Poem of the Day: Aug 28 2007

Comment 5 of 5, added on January 21st, 2010 at 3:13 PM.

thank you for writing your thoughts they helped me with my lit logs so just wannted to say thanks and it's a great poem

kayla from Bangladesh
Comment 4 of 5, added on July 21st, 2008 at 8:40 AM.

thank you for inspiration and the important details that can relate to my self.

franz clear from Philippines
Comment 3 of 5, added on April 28th, 2007 at 11:54 AM.

The author through this poem passes the message that whatever you do is never good enough,or at least she feals so.As far as I am concerned,this poem is about humility and how this value should define one person's life.You have to feal shy and humble everything that God gives you.

Despina from Greece

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