the author to her book

Thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth did’st by my side remain,
Til snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true,
Who thee abroad exposed to public view;
Made thee in rags, halting, to the press to trudge,
Where errors were not lessened, all may judge.
At thy return my blushing was not small,
My rambling brat (in print) should mother call,
I cast thee by as one unfit for light,
Thy visage was so irksome in my sight;
Yet being mine own, at length affection would
Thy blemishes amend, if so I could.
I washed thy face, but more defects I saw,
And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.
I stretched thy joints to make thee even feet,
Yet still thou run’st more hobbling than is meet;
In better dress to trim thee was my mind,
But nought save homespun cloth in the house I find.
In this array, ‘mongst vulgars may’st thou roam;
In critics’ hands beware thou dost not come;
And take thy way where yet thou are not known.
If for thy Father asked, say thou had’st none;
And for thy Mother, she alas is poor,
Which caused her thus to send thee out the door.

-Anne Bradstreet, 1678

So things have been good since I got back.  Very busy.  I found this poem over break.  An English teacher gave it to me in high school.  1678, man, that’s pretty cool.  Parents are coming this weekend!!  It’ll be lots of fun: Boston, Boston’s Chinatown, Providence… I think this is the first time my parents will really see a place I have decorated and am living in, which is pretty exciting.  And it’ll be fun to show them around here and Boston.  Well, guess that’s it for now.  Back to work and cleaning!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Aunt Kathie on February 27, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Have fun with your parents. I know your Dad will be involved a good part of the weekend.

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