When it was proposed to me, not long since, to write an introduction to the edition of the poems of Mrs. A nne Bradstreet which The Duodecimos were about to issue, many reasons compelled me to decline the task. The request, however, led me to take up once more, after an interval of many years, the poems of the tenth Muse, as Mrs. Bradstreet was termed on the title-page of the first edition of her verses, and I turned to the elaborate and excellent edition of them published, thirty years ago, by Mr. John Harvard Ellis. After looking them through, I came on the Elegy upon the truly pious, peerless, and matchless gentlewoman Mrs. A nne Bradstreet, written by my ancestor the Reverend John Norton, of Hingham.
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