Thursday, January 27, 2011

As Weary Pilgrim

We are studying the early foundational documents of the colonists in my American literature class. Specifically, we just read a few Puritan poems from one of the first famous female poets in America, Anne Bradstreet. "As Weary Pilgrim" is my favorite so far. I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you!

"As Weary Pilgrim"
Anne Bradstreet

As weary pilgrim, now at rest,
 Hugs with delight his silent nest,
His wasted limbs now lie full soft
 That mirey steps have trodden oft,
Blesses himself to think upon
 His dangers past, and travails done.
The burning sun no more shall heat,
 Nor stormy rains on him shall beat.
The briars and thorns no more shall scratch.
 Nor hungry wolves at him shall catch.
He erring paths no more shall tread, 
 Nor wild fruits eat instead of bread.
For waters cold he doth not long
 For thirst no more shall parch his tongue.
No rugged stones his feet shall gall,
 Nor stumps nor rocks cause him to fall.
All cares and fears he bids farewell
 And means in safety now to dwell.
A pilgrim I, on earth perplexed 
 With sins, with cares and sorrows vext,
By age and pains brought to decay,
 And my clay house mold'ring away.
Oh, how I long to be at rest
 And soar on high among the blest.
This body shall in silence sleep,
 Mine eyes no more shall ever weep,
No fainting fits shall me assail,
 Nor grinding pains my body frail,
With cares and fears ne'er cumb'red be
 Nor losses know, nor sorrows see.
What though my flesh shall there consume,
 It is the bed Christ did perfume,
And when a few years shall be gone,
 This mortal shall be clothed upon.
A corrupt carcass down it lies,
 A glorious body it shall rise.
In weakness and dishonor sown,
 In power 'tis raised by Christ alone
Then soul and body shall unite
 And of their Maker have the sight.
Such lasting joys shall there behold
 As ear ne'er heard nor tongue e'er told.
Lord make me ready for that day
 Then come, dear Bridegroom, come away.

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