1 Timothy 6:6–8, 17th Century Poetry, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, Anne Bradstreet, Ecclesiastes 1:2, Fire, Jeremiah 17:5, Job 1:20–21, Job 21:25–26, John 14:1–3, Matthew 6:19–24, poem, Poetry, Puritan Poetry
Here follows some verse upon the burning of our house, July 10, 1666. Copyed out of a loose paper.
In silent night when rest I took,
For sorrow neer I did not look,
I waken’d was with thundering nois
And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice.
That fearful 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 distress
And not to leave me succourless.
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 good 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.
He might of all justly bereft,
But yet sufficient for us left.
When by the ruins oft I pass,
My sorrowing eyes aside did cast,
And here and there the places spy
Where of 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 sit,
Nor at thy table eat a bit.
No pleasant tale shall ‘ere be told,
Nor things recounted done of old.
No candle ‘ere shall shine in thee,
Nor bridgegroom’s voice ere heard shall be.
In silence ever shall thou lye;
Adieu, adieu; all’s vanity.
The straight I gin my heart to chide,
And did thy wealth on earth abide?
Didst fix thy hope on mouldring dust,
Raise up thy thoughts above the skye
That dunghill mists away may flie.
Thou hast a house on high erect
Fram’d by that mighty architect
With glory richly furnished,
Stands permanent tho: this be fled.
‘Its purchased and paid for too
By him who hath enough to do.
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, farewell my store.
The world no longer let me love,
My hope and treasure lyes above.
 Let no one think that I would desire such a thing. This point develops through the poem: Bradstreet sees God’s goodness in the loss and sets her hope upon God will bring. However, one should not see some glorying in her sorrow. The loss is real and painful, despite the good end God makes of it.
 Without succor, without help or aid.
 See at that time beheld the flaming consuming her dwelling place. The present tense is purposeful: I saw, at that time, the flame consume, et cetera.
 Upon hearing of the loss of his family and property, Job responds:
Job 1:20–21 (AV)
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
 Job 21:25–26 (AV)
25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure. 26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
 God could rightly take everything, because all is his.
 1 Timothy 6:6–8 (AV)
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
 At this point she turns to address the house directly.
 Ecclesiastes 1:2 (AV)
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
 Matthew 6:19–24 (AV)
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
 Jeremiah 17:5 (AV)
5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
 At this point, she begins to reflect upon a common strain in Scripture:
2 Corinthians 4:16–18 (AV)
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
 2 Corinthians 5:1-10:
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
John 14:1–3 (AV)
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions [dwelling places, not the modern usage which means very large house] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
 Pelf: property, money, riches. The word has a negative connotation: either the property was dishonestly gained, or it is trash and rubbish.