‘To My Dear and Loving Husband’ – Anne Bradstreet 1678

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is a wonderful poem about love from Anne Bradstreet in 1678. It is better than any Hallmark card.

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If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in 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.
My 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.
—-Anne Bradstreet (c.1612-1672)
“To My Dear and Loving Husband” 1678

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