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  1. Sep 2015
    1. to my own Religion again


    2. That admitt this bee the true God whom we worship, and that be his word, yet why may not the Popish Religion bee the right? They have the same God, the same Christ, the same word; they only interprett it one way, wee another. This hath sometimes stuck with me, and more it would, but the vain fooleries that are in their Religion,

      Interesting that she recognizes that the Catholics' religion is essentially the same as hers, just with more "fluff"

    3. Have I not found that operation by it that no humane Invention can work upon the Soul?

      Nothing but the spiritual/religious can help your soul

    4. for in Truth, it is the absence and presence of God that makes Heaven or Hell.


    5. either in granting the thing I prayed for, or else in satisfying my mind without it; and I have been confident it hath been from him, because I have found my heart through his goodnes enlarged in thankfullnes to him.

      I mean, if a belief gives your mind peace, it can't be so bad

    6. If at any time you are chastened of God, take it as thankfully and Joyfully as in greatest mercyes, for if yee bee his yee shall reap the greatest benefit by it.

      If life ever gets hard, trust that God is just testing you because it will be rewarding in the end

    7. sometimes he hath smott a child with sicknes

      She believes that God punishes her "mistakes" by making her children sick?! That's awful

    8. he hath never suffered me long to sitt loose from him, but by one affliction or other hath made me look home, and search what was amisse

      Whenever she strayed away from God & religion, something happened to her that forced her to renew her faith

    9. ost mee many prayers and tears before I obtained one

      She wanted a child so bad it breaks my heart...a baby was pretty much a woman's only validation during this time (as long as it was in wedlock).

    10. into this Contry


    11. I changed my condition and was marryed

      Was her "condition" being single? If so, I'm also afflicted with this condition.

    12. my Condition

      her condition of what? of being a "sinner"?

    13. I could not be at rest till by prayer I had confest it unto God

      her "sins" haunted her this much at 7 years old?

    14. but that you may gain some spiritual Advantage by my experience. I have not studied in this you read to show my skill, but to declare the Truth — not to sett forth myself, but the Glory of God.

      She wants to leave her children with a message about faith and religion...not necessarily a personal note

    15. much lesse to All

      how many children did she have?

    16. But as I grew up to bee about 14 or 15 I found my heart more carnall, and sitting loose from God, vanity and the follyes of youth take hold of me.

      What, she had her first crush?

    17. not to sett forth myself, but the Glory of God.

      this type of phrase always ends up in our readings one way or another. it must have just been a figure of speech, like how we would swear to god.

    1. Now say, have women worth, or have they none? Or had they some, but with our Queen is't gone?

      Her focus on gender issues fascinates me...such an early forming of feminism

    2. Ph{oe}nix Queen

      she will rise again, like a phoenix?

    3. Yet for our Queen is no fit parallel

      She admires Queen Elizabeth so much...I wonder if it is because they both break gender boundaries, so she identifies with that?

    4. (Pallas)

      what is with the parentheses in her writing?

    5. The rude untamed Irish

      seems a bit stereotypical

    6. Protectrix

      Interesting word...

    7. Was ever people better rul'd than hers? Was ever Land more happy, freed from stirs? Did ever wealth in England so abound? Her Victories in foreign Coasts resound?

      Basically, Queen Elizabeth was a badass...and a great ruler

    8. The Salic Law

      Salic Law of Succession : the rule by which, in certain sovereign dynasties, persons descended from a previous sovereign only through a woman were excluded from succession to the throne.

    9. She hath wip'd off th' aspersion of her Sex, That women wisdom lack to play the Rex.

      Elizabeth's reign challenged gender norms

    10. No memories, nor volumes can contain, The nine Olymp'ades of her happy reign, Who was so good, so just, so learn'd, so wise, From all the Kings on earth she won the prize.

      She was better than all the kings (all male rulers)

    11. Eliza's

      Queen Elizabeth

    12. So great's thy glory, and thine excellence, The sound thereof raps every human sense That men account it no impiety To say thou wert a fleshly Deity.

      Such a highly honored, god-like queen

    13. (though out of date)

      is this bradford's hipster way of saying that paying respects to Queen Elizabeth is retro, since she died so long before the poem was published?

    1. Earth hath enough of what you will. Then let not go what thou maist find For things unknown only in mind."

      Forget your spirituality, Earthly pleasures are plentiful and should be taken advantage of!

    2. Doth Contemplation feed thee so Regardlessly to let earth go? Can Speculation satisfy Notion without Reality?

      Pretty universal questions/doubts about religion/afterlife/spirituality

    3. One Flesh was call'd, who had her eye On worldly wealth and vanity; The other Spirit, who did rear Her thoughts unto a higher sphere.

      love this idea of the spirit and the flesh as siblings!

    4. earth

      My christian mother would always condemn things that are "worldly". Funny how christians tend to make the physical planet a symbol of evil, yet the urge to consume it is labeled "manifest destiny".

    1. If for thy Father askt, say, thou hadst none;

      A man played no role in her work...it is hers

    2. I wash'd thy face, but more defects I saw, And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.

      This seems like a very perfectionist thought. No matter how much she tried, she couldn't perfect her work.

    3. My rambling brat (in print)

      love that she refers to her work as her "brat"

    4. At thy return my blushing was not small,

      she was embarrassed

    5. Thou ill-form'd offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth did'st by my side remain,

      what ill-formed thoughts? unrefined works maybe?

    6. And for thy Mother, she alas is poor, Which caus'd her thus to send thee out of door.

      this is heartwarming to me ... she's basically telling her genius thoughts (her offspring) that she would never forsake them despite being kicked out by her own mother!

    7. Thou ill-form'd offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth did'st by my side remain, Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true, Who thee abroad expos'd to public view,

      this sounds like its about idea stealing. I love how you can have a creative thought, but if you don't record it, it'll abandon you. Keep the good ones hidden from the snatchers! Good advice.

    1. For such despite they cast on female wits, If what I do prove well, it won't advance-- They'll say it was stolen, or else it was by chance.

      Love the anti-patriarchy vibe here

    2. Who says my hand a needle better fits.

      gender roles!

    3. A weak or wounded brain admits no cure

      Great line!!!

    4. But simple I according to my skill.

      does not think much of herself in comparison to others (as a writer)

    5. For such despite they cast on female wits, If what I do prove well, it won't advance-- They'll say it was stolen, or else it was by chance.

      Oh, so this prologue is basically saying "Here's my material. I'm a woman, so nobody's going to take it seriously, but I'm going to do it (in the shadow of this Greek guy) anyway."

    6. Nor perfect beauty where's a main defect: My foolish, broken, blemished Muse so sings; And this to mend, alas, no art is able, 'Cause nature made is so, irreparable.

      it sounds like she's putting down her own writing here, especially when she compares herself to Bartas. I wonder why she opens up with such insecurity right away ...

  2. Sep 2013
    1. no friends so dear and sweet, But with death's parting blow is sure to meet.

      It is not surprising that Bradstreet would mention death as a fast approaching certainty. In the colonies, although more so in the Chesapeake rather than New England where she is from, the mortality rate was very high and it was rare for people to live well into their adulthood. Yet, she mentions friends that are close to her, which is also a characteristic of the New England colonies because they lived very close to one another and created a culture centered around the fellowship of the community, especially among the women.