Several poems compiled with great variety of wit and learning, full of delight wherein especially is contained a compleat discourse, and description of the four elements, constitutions, ages of man, seasons of the year, together with an exact epitome of the three by a gentlewoman in New-England.
Bradstreet, Anne, 1612?-1672.
Upon a Fit of Sickness, Anno. 1632. Atats suae, 10.
TWice ten years old, not sully told
Since nature gave me breath,
My race is run, my thread is spun,
lo here is fatal Death.
All men must dye, and so must I
this cannot be revok'd
For Adams sake, this word God spake
when he so high provok'd.
Yet live I shall, this life's but small,
in place of highest bliss,
Where I shall have all I can crave,
no life is like to this.
For what's this life, but care and strife?
since first we came from womb,
Our strength doth waste, our time doth hast,
and then we go to th' Tomb.
Page 238O Bubble blast, how long can'st last?
that alwayes art a breaking,
No sooner blown, bu• dead and gone,
ev'n as a word that's speaking.
O whil'st I live this grace me give,
I doing good may be.
Then deaths arrest I shall count best,
because it's thy decree;
Bestow much cost there's nothing lost,
to make Salvation sure,
O great's the gain, though got with pain▪
comes by profession pure.
The race is ran, the field is won,
the victory's mine I see,
For ever know, thou envious foe,
the soyle belongs to thee.