On My First Daughter

Here lies, to each her parents' ruth, Mary, the daughter of their youth; Yet all heaven's gifts being heaven's due, It makes the father less to rue. . . .

ON MY DEAR GRANDCHILD SIMON BRADSTREET, WHO DIED ON 16 NOVEMBER, 1669, BEING BUT A MONTH, AND ONE DAY OLD

No sooner came, but gone, and fall'n asleep, Acquaintance short, yet parting caused us weep; Three flowers, two scarcely blown, the last i' th' bud, Cropt by th' Almighty's hand; yet is He good.

With dreadful awe before Him let's be mute, Such was His will, but why, let's not dispute, . . .

The Epitaph. An epitaph is based on an inscription of a memorial or tomb, as illustrated by this excerpt from a poem by Richard Crashaw:

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  • Antje
    What three poetic are in on my first daughter?
    8 years ago

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