Anne Dudley Bradstreet and her husband Simon Bradstreet lived in Ipswich from 1634 – 1648 in a primitive home in what could only be considered a wilderness by one so refined as she. She took consolation in her writing, and it was during this time that she wrote a collection of poems published in London in 1650 as The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up in America…by a Gentlewoman in these Parts which established Anne Bradstreet as the first female poet in the New World, and the first published poet in the English colonies of North America.
She was born Anne Dudley in Northampton, England in 1612. She and Simon Bradstreet sailed to Massachusetts aboard the Arabella as part of the Puritan migration. Her father was a steward to an Earl, and thus she was well tutored in language and literature. The family first lived along the Charles River and took part in the founding of Boston. Over the course of years they moved six times.
The family finally settled in Andover, where she died at the age of 60. She had eight children, and suffered from tuberculosis and a paralyzing joint disease in her later years. Simon Bradstreet lived to be over 90 years old and served as Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1679 – 1692. Read more at Mass Moments: http://www.massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=265
Then higher on the glistering Sun I gaz’d
Whose beams was shaded by the leavie Tree,
The more I look’d, the more I grew amaz’d
And softly said, what glory’s like to thee?
Soul of this world, this Universes Eye,
No wonder, some made thee a Deity:
Had I not better known, (alas) the same had I
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A presentation by Thomas Franklin Waters to the Ipswich Historical Society, December 1, 1902.