By Night When Others Soundly Slept

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By Night When Others Soundly Slept

By night when others soundly slept
And hath at once both ease and Rest,
My waking eyes were open kept
And so to lie I found it best.

I sought him whom my Soul did Love,
With tears I sought him earnestly.
He bow’d his ear down from Above.
In vain I did not seek or cry.

My hungry Soul he fill’d with Good;
He in his Bottle put my tears,
My smarting wounds washt in his blood,
And banisht thence my Doubts and fears.

What to my Saviour shall I give
Who freely hath done this for me?
I’ll serve him here whilst I shall live
And Loue him to Eternity.

– Anne Bradstreet


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Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet (1612-1672) was born in Northampton, England. At 16 she married Simon Bradstreet, and two years later she and her husband sailed with other Puritans to settle at the Massachusetts Bay Colony in America. Anne wrote her poems while raising eight children. She was the first woman to have her poetry published in both England and the American Colonies. Her most celebrated work, “Contemplations,” was not published until the mid-nineteen century. This collection of religious poetry was first written for her family and revealed her spiritual growth and commitment to the Puritan faith. Anne died in Andover, Massachusetts, September 16, 1672. (Reference: