"To My Dear and Loving Husband"
Webtext prepared by Ann Woodlief
ever two were one, then surely
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
"A Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public
Employment" and "The Prologue"and
"The Author to Her Book"(with study
Other poems by Bradstreet for comparison
After reading the poem carefully, considering the notes, questions, biography, and other Web materials, write on the second reading response questions.