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Anne Bradstreet - Before the Birth of One of Her Children

All things within this fading world hath end,
Adversity doth still our joys attend;
No ties so strong, no friends so dear and sweet,
But with death's parting blow are sure to meet.
The sentence past is most irrevocable,
A common thing, yet oh, inevitable.
How soon, my Dear, death may my steps attend,
How soon't may be thy lot to lose thy friend,
We both are ignorant, yet love bids me
These farewell lines to recommend to thee,
That when the knot's untied that made us one,
I may seem thine, who in effect am none.
And if I see not half my days that's due,
What nature would, God grant to yours and you;
The many faults that well you know I have
Let be interred in my oblivious grave;
If any worth or virtue were in me,
Let that live freshly in thy memory
And when thou feel'st no grief, as I no harmes,
Yet love thy dead, who long lay in thine arms,
And when thy loss shall be repaid with gains
Look to my little babes, my dear remains.
And if thou love thyself, or loved'st me,
These O protect from stepdame's injury.
And if chance to thine eyes shall bring this verse,
With some sad sighs honor my absent hearse;
And kiss this paper for thy dear love's sake, 
Who with salt tears this last farewell did take. 

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Poet: Anne Bradstreet
Poem: Before the Birth of One of Her Children
Year: Published/Written in 1659

Comment 4 of 4, added on April 16th, 2014 at 12:14 AM.

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Victornat from Spain
Comment 3 of 4, added on April 13th, 2014 at 9:52 AM.
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Demiurgo: Justo lo que buscaba Thomas Jane era poder hacer algo me1s en el papel de Frank Castle y que a su vez sevirira como "compensacif3n" para satisfacer a los fans de Punisher, por eso es me1s extrema que la peledcula de 2004. Y sed, quize1s Frank debif3 de haber intervenido desde el inicio pero creo que hicieron que se esperara para que los maleantes "acumularan puntos" para merecerse todaveda me1s un castigo ejemplar como el que podemos ver en el corto.Malvado Dylan: Ya actualice9 la entrada y agregue9 una traduccif3n lo me1s cercana posible para que podemos comprender que es lo que dijo Thomas Jane al respecto del corto. Tambie9n concuerdo en que Frank debif3 haber intervenido antes; pero a la vez lo veo como un elemento para generar me1s tensif3n en el pfablico, como generando me1s habmbre de venganza que suele ser satisfecha con el castrigo que propina Frank a los maleantes. Uno de los motivos del corto tambie9n era ver cuanto intere9s tiene el pfablico en ver un nuevo film de Punisher. Creo que Frank Castle es un personaje que se presta pme1s para peledculas con altos niveles de vilencia acompaf1ados con una buena historia y argumento que sostengan el guif3n.Saludos a ambos, muchas gracias por sus comentarios.

Bhavika from Czech Republic
Comment 2 of 4, added on July 14th, 2008 at 6:47 AM.

This is beautifully written - so tight in form and content. There is a slight "amateurishness" about it which actually adds to its charm. This is a real woman in real circumstances, and we are utterly impressed by the realism with which she faces life. There is an extra poignancy when the death rate of mother and/or child in those days is considered.

Kevin from United Kingdom

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