To Her Father with Some Verses
Most truly honoured, and as truly dear, If worth in me or ought I do appear, Who can of right better demand the same Than may your worthy self from whom it came? The principal might yield a greater sum, Yet handled ill, amounts but to this crumb; My stock's so small I know not how to pay, My bond remains in force unto this day; Yet for part payment take this simple mite, Where nothing's to be had, kings loose their right. Such is my debt I may not say forgive, But as I can, I'll pay it while I live; Such is my bond, none can discharge but I, Yet paying is not paid until I die.
This poem is in the public domain.
Anne Bradstreet wrote in the Elizabethan literary tradition and became one of the first poets to write English verse in the American colonies.
Date Published: 1678-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/her-father-some-verses