“Some verses upon the burning of our house”
a poem by Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
The Puritans wrote beautiful poetry and Anne Bradstreet, a faithful Puritan wife and mother of several children, wrote some of the most compelling.
Several recent events — a garage and vehicle destroyed in the fire of close family members, Baylor University’s Roger Olson and his now infamous comments, the recent collapse of the 35W bridge in Minneapolis, flooding here in Minnesota and a personal reading through Job – have brought this poem to mind.
On July 18, 1666, at the age of 54, Bradstreet’s home burned to the ground. She recounts the horrors and her godly, humble, Calvinistic response.
In silent night when rest I took,
For sorrow neer I did not look,
I waken’d was with thundring noise
And Piteous shreiks of dreadfull voice.
That fearfull sound of fire and fire,
Let no man know is my Desire.
I, starting up, the light did spye,
And to my God my heart did cry
To strengthen me in my Distresse
And not to leave me succourlesse [helpless].
Then coming out beheld a space,
The flame consume my dwelling place.
And, when I could no longer look,
I blest his Name that gave and took,
That layd my goods now in the dust:
Yea so it was, and so ’twas just.
It was his own: it was not mine;
Far be it that I should repine [complain].
He might of All justly bereft,
But yet sufficient for us left.
When by the Ruines oft I past,
My sorrowing eyes aside did cast,
And here and there the places spye
Where oft I sate, and long did lye.
Here stood that Trunk, and there that chest;
There lay that store I counted best:
My pleasant things in ashes lye,
And them behold no more shall I.
Under thy roof no guest shall sitt,
Nor at thy Table eat a bitt.
No pleasant tale shall ‘ere be told,
Nor things recounted done of old.
No Candle ‘ere shall shine in Thee,
Nor bridegroom’s voice ere heard shall bee.
In silence ever shalt thou lye;
Adeiu, Adeiu; All’s vanity.
Then streight I gin my heart to chide,
And did thy wealth on earth abide?
Didst fix thy hope on mouldring dust,
The arm of flesh didst make thy trust?
Raise up thy thoughts above the skye
That dunghill mists away may flie.
Thou hast an house on high erect,
Fram’d by that mighty Architect,
With glory richly furnished,
Stands permanent though: this bee fled.
It’s purchased, and paid for too
By him who hath enough to doe.
A Prise so vast as is unknown,
Yet, by his Gift, is made thine own.
Ther’s wealth enough, I need no more;
Farewell my Pelf [money], farewell my Store.
The world no longer let me Love,
My hope and Treasure lyes Above.
The poem originates from The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings edited by Perry Miller (pp. 577-579).
Today’s post is for communicators who know the clarity a John Owen quote brings to a complex biblical topic or the punch a C.H. Spurgeon quote adds to application points. My goal today is to encourage evangelists, authors, bloggers, preachers in their work of reaching lost souls and edifying redeemed souls.
I will address various related questions: Are electronic books and printed books friends or enemies? How can I find the best electronic books? How do I search those works effectively? How do I find quotes on my topic? How do I best handle the quote in hand?
I regularly express my appreciation for paper books AND electronic books when it comes to sermon preparation. A useful library balances both. Electronic books provide a technological enhancement to printed books. Sometimes I want to search the Works of John Owen in a jiff (electronic), and sometimes I want to chain off several weeks to ice pick my way through an entire volume (printed). The electronic text enhances the printed copies by making them easier to navigate, but reading the full text of Communion with God on a computer screen would surely lead to a hyper-extended retina.
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Propitiation? What’s that all about? … This blend was hand picked from the mountain peaks of the 2006 Desiring God National Conference: The Supremacy of Christ and the Church in a Postmodern World.
Hello everyone! Thanks to our many friends at Sovereign Grace Fellowship here in Minneapolis we are moved in and that means The Shepherd’s Scrapbook is open once again.
After four full days without access to the Internet (who thought I would survive?) it was wonderful to open my email and receive so many encouragements. Thank you, everyone! You are a great blessing to myself. See you tomorrow…
The international headquarters of The Shepherd’s Scrapbook is relocating from Omaha to Minneapolis. So for the next week it will be a little slow here. Feel free to have a look around. We have covered a lot of ground in the past week that you may have missed.
This transition is also a great opportunity to thank everyone who made the “Blank Valley of Vision” and the “Blank Interlinear” contest such a success. This success is directly connected to the generosity of two of my favorite publishers — Crossway/ESV and The Banner of Truth Trust. Justin, Kay, Stephen, Steve and Beth you are a tremendous blessing to myself and this ministry. Thank you for the generosity that makes events like this possible. As you can see the bibles and VoV books have opened up a public forum where many souls have been encouraged by God’s grace. Thank you for your partnership!
And thank you to my precious wife who makes all of this ministry possible for me. She is the greatest wife (and editor) I could have asked for and a true partner in this ministry. I love you!
Finally, I pray for all of us, that we will keep our eyes on the beautiful Child and the precious Cross together during this season of celebration!
Together for the gospel,