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‘To Her Father with Some Verses’: A Poem by Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet (1612-72) was the first poet, male or female, from America to have a book of poems published. As well as penning a touching poem about her husband, Bradstreet also wrote this poem, ‘To Her Father with Some Verses’, in honour of her father: ‘Most truly honoured, and as truly dear, / If worth in me or ought I do appear, / Who can of right better demand the same / Than may your worthy self from whom it came?’

To Her Father with Some Verses

Most truly honoured, and as truly dear,
If worth in me or ought I do appear,
Who can of right better demand the same
Than may your worthy self from whom it came?
The principal might yield a greater sum,
Yet handled ill, amounts but to this crumb;
My stock’s so small I know not how to pay,
My bond remains in force unto this day;
Yet for part payment take this simple mite,
Where nothing’s to be had, kings loose their right.
Such is my debt I may not say forgive,
But as I can, I’ll pay it while I live;
Such is my bond, none can discharge but I,
Yet paying is not paid until I die.

If you enjoyed ‘To Her Father with Some Verses’, you might also enjoy Bradstreet’s ‘To My Dear and Loving Husband’.

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