A Woman to Know: Anne Bradstreet

If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. — Anne Bradstreet

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In 1650, with the completion of "The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America," her celebrated book of poems, Puritan settler Anne Bradstreet became the first female writer to be published in America. In "Contemplations," one of her most lauded works, she considers the beauty of the New World:

Then on a stately Oak I cast mine Eye,
Whose ruffling top the Clouds seem'd to aspire;
How long since thou waste in thine Infancy?
They strength and stature, more thy years admire,
Hath hundred winters past since thou wast born?
Or thousand since thou brakest they shell of horn,
If so, all these as nought, Eternity doth scorn.

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