Anne Bradstreet

Here you will find the Poem Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 18th, 1666 of poet Anne Bradstreet

Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 18th, 1666

In silent night when rest I took,
 For sorrow near I did not look,
 I waken'd was with thund'ring noise
 And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice.
 That fearful sound of 'fire' and 'fire,'
 Let no man know is my Desire.
 I starting up, the light did spy,
 And to my God my heart did cry
 To straighten me in my Distress
 And not to leave me succourless.
 Then coming out, behold a space
 The flame consume my dwelling place.
 And when I could no longer look,
 I blest his grace that gave and took,
 That laid my goods now in the dust.
 Yea, so it was, and so 'twas just.
 It was his own; it was not mine.
 Far be it that I should repine,
 He might of all justly bereft
 But yet sufficient for us left.
 When by the Ruins oft I past
 My sorrowing eyes aside did cast
 And here and there the places spy
 Where oft I sate and long did lie.
 Here stood that Trunk, and there that chest,
 There lay that store I counted best,
 My pleasant things in ashes lie
 And them behold no more shall I.
 Under the roof no guest shall sit,
 Nor at thy Table eat a bit.
 No pleasant talk shall 'ere be told
 Nor things recounted done of old.
 No Candle 'ere shall shine in Thee,
 Nor bridegroom's voice ere heard shall bee.
 In silence ever shalt thou lie.
 Adieu, Adieu, All's Vanity.
 Then straight I 'gin my heart to chide:
 And did thy wealth on earth abide,
 Didst fix thy hope on mouldring dust,
 The arm of flesh didst make thy trust?
 Raise up thy thoughts above the sky
 That dunghill mists away may fly.
 Thou hast a house on high erect
 Fram'd by that mighty Architect,
 With glory richly furnished
 Stands permanent, though this be fled.
 It's purchased and paid for too
 By him who hath enough to do.
 A price so vast as is unknown,
 Yet by his gift is made thine own.
 There's wealth enough; I need no more.
 Farewell, my pelf; farewell, my store.
 The world no longer let me love;
 My hope and Treasure lies above.