In Thankful Remembrance

by John Yoder on November 27, 2014

Anne Bradstreet was America’s first published poet.  She was born in 1612 to Thomas Dudley and raised in a prosperous home where she was well tutored in history, literature and several languages.  After marrying Simon Bradstreet, she sailed to New England on the Arbella in 1630 with a contingent of Puritans who left England for the New World to worship without fear of persecution from the state or church.

When she arrived in Massachusetts Anne was challenged with building a home, storing food, enduring sickness and raising eight children in the harsh conditions faced by early settlers.  During this time, she wrote poetry to the glory of God expressing her devotion as a wife and mother, her dependance on the Lord’s goodness and her desire to live in light of the better world to come. She went to be with the Lord in 1672.

In Thankful Remembrance for My Dear Husband’s Safe Arrival Sept 3, 1662

by Anne Bradstreet
Edited by Jeannine Hensley

What shall I render to Thy name
Or how Thy praises speak?
My thanks how shall I testify?
O Lord, Thou know’st I’m weak.

I owe so much, so little can
Return unto Thy name,
Confusion seizes on my soul,
And I am filled with shame.

O Thou that hearest prayers, Lord,
To Thee shall come all flesh
Thou hast me heard and answered,
My plaints have had access.

What did I ask for but Thou gav’st?
What could I more desire?
But thankfulness even all my days
I humbly this require.

Thy mercies, Lord, have been so great
In number numberless,
Impossible for to recount
Or any way express.

O help Thy saints that sought Thy face
T’ return unto Thee praise
And walk before Thee as they ought,
In strict and upright ways.

For more reading check out Anne Bradstreet: Pilgrim and Poet by Faith Cook (EP Books, 2010)

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