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"By Night When Others Soundly Slept"

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Jessica Bishop

on 15 April 2014

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Transcript of "By Night When Others Soundly Slept"

Written by
Anne Bradstreet
Published during the
17th Century
Background Information
Anne's family had moved around frequently. As new immigrants in America, they faced harsh conditions. Yet, they remained devoted to God.
Type of Poem: Long Hymnal Measure

Structure: Her poem has four stanzas and each stanza has four lines. There are no repeating lines.

Rhyme scheme: ABAB
He bow'd his ear down from above.

Meaning: She recognizes that God is listening closely to her.
I sought him whom my soul did love

Meaning: She describes her soul having an admiration for God, while it is truly herself.
My hungry soul he fill'd with good.

Meaning: She describes her soul having the ability to hunger. But spiritually instead of physically.
Figurative Language
Overall Meaning
This poem is about God watching over her.
She was lying in bed awake while everyone else was asleep. She knows God will rescue her from all the fears and struggles she goes through. She recognizes her blessings.
Relation to Life
It reminds us that God is watching over us even when everyone is sleeping. We are blessed more than we deserve and we want to show our love to him.
-Stephanie and Jessica
By night when others soundly slept
And hath at once both ease and Rest,
My waking eyes were open kept
And so to lie I found it best.

I sought him whom my Soul did Love,
With tears I sought him earnestly.
He bow’d his ear down from Above.
In vain I did not seek or cry.

My hungry Soul he fill’d with Good;
He in his Bottle put my tears,
My smarting wounds washt in his blood,
And banisht thence my Doubts and fears.

What to my Saviour shall I give
Who freely hath done this for me?
I’ll serve him here whilst I shall live
And Loue him to Eternity.
*loue is an early english term for love.
Choice of Music
Bedtime Baby Lullaby
Why? The setting of this poem is nighttime when everyone else is asleep.
"By Night When Others Soundly Slept"
"By Night When Others Soundly Slept"
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