If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee. If ever wife [was]1 happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can. I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold, Or all the riches that the East doth hold. My love is such that rivers cannot quench, Nor [ought]2 but love from thee give recompense. Thy love is such I can no way repay; The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray. Then while we live, in love let's so [persever]3, That when we live no more, we may live ever.
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Confirmed with The Complete Works of Anne Bradstreet, 1981.1 Wilkinson: "were"
2 Wilkinson: "aught"
3 Rorem: "persevere"
- by Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet (1612? - 1672), "To my dear and loving husband" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "To a loving husband", 195-? [voice, piano] [text not verified]
- by Leslie R. Bassett (b. 1923), "To my dear and loving husband", published 1977 [soprano and piano], from Five Love Songs, no. 3. [text not verified]
- by Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990), "To my dear and loving husband", published 1977 [vocal sextet for soprano, alto, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass, with orchestra], from Songfest, no. 6. [text not verified]
- by Andrew Hudson , "To my dear and loving husband" [text not verified]
- by Ned Rorem (b. 1923), "To my dear and loving husband", published 1979, from Women's Voices, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by Stephen Wilkinson (b. 1919), "Nosegay" [voice and piano], from the collection Eternal Summer, no. 12..
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