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"Here Follow Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10, 1666"
Transcript of "Here Follow Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10, 1666"
In silent night when rest I took Say what? Let's rearrange that line. While I was TAKING a REST on a SILENT NIGHT For sorrow near I did not look I was not looking for sorrow
-In other words Bradstreet was not expecting anything sad to happen. I wakened was with thund'ring noise. I was woken up with a thundering noise And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice. And dreadful voices making piteous shrieks. This is an example of inversion Instead of writing that line in the easiest way to understand, Bradstreet rearranged it so that she could rhyme took with look in the next line. She wants to make it clear that she really didn't want a fire to happen. Let's put it all together
That fearful sound of "Fire!" and "Fire!"
Let no man know is my desire. Moving on... I, starting up, the light did spy,
And to my God my heart did cry
To strengthen me in my distress
And not to leave me succorless. There is a fire and the FIRST person she asks for help is God. The next few sentences from the poem you are going to work on with one of your neighbors. Then