God has suitable comforts and supports for his children according to their several conditions, if He will make his face to shine upon them:
He then makes them lie down in green pastures
and leads them beside still waters;
if they stick deep in mire and clay,
and all his waves and billows go over their heads,
He leads them to the Rock which is higher than they.
In thankful remembrance for my dear husband’s safe arrival, September 3, 1662.
What shall I render to thy name,
Or how thy praises speak;
My thanks how shall I testify?
O Lord, thou know’st I’m weak.
I owe so much, so little can
Return onto thy name,
Confusion ceases my soul
And I am filled with shame.
O thou that hear’st prayers Lord,
To thee shall come all flesh;
Thou has me heard and answered
My ‘plaints have had access.
What did I ask for but thou gav’st?
What could I more desire?
But thankfulness, even all my days,
I humbly require.
Thy mercies Lord, have been so great,
In number numberless,
Impossible for to recount
Or any way express.
O help thy saints that sought thy face
T’return unto thee praise,
And walk before thee as they ought,
In strict and upright ways.
This was the last thing written in that book by my dear and hon’d mother.
1 Corinthians 16:22, 1 Peter 1:8–9, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, 2 Corinthians 5:1, 2 Timothy 4:6–8, Ann Bradstreet, Death, Ecclesiastes 1:2, Eternal State, joy, Luke 16:22, My Soul Rejoice Thou in Thy God, Philippians 3:21, Philippians 3:4–9, poem, Poetry, Precious Remedies Against Satans Devices, Psalm 103:11–14, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 34:2., Puritan, Puritan Poetry, Revelation 21:1–5, Revelation 22:20, Romans 15:13, Thomas Brooks
My soul rejoice thou in thy God
Boast of him all the day,
Walk in his law and kiss his rod
Cleave close to him always.
What though thy outward man decay
Thy inward shall wax strong;
Thy body vile it shall be changed
And glorious made ere-long.
With angels’ wing thy soul shall mount
To bliss unseen by eye
And drink at unexhausted fount
Of joy unto eternity.
Thy tears shall all be dried up
They sorrows all shall fly
Thy sins shall never be summoned up
Nor in memory
Then shall I know what thou hast done
For me, unworthy me,
And praise thee shall even as I ought
For wonders that I see.
Base world, I trample on thy face,
Thy glory I despise,
No gain I find in ought below
For God hath made me wise.
Come Jesus, quickly, blessed Lord,
Thy face when shall I see?
O let me count each hour a day
Till I dissolved be.
 “My soul shall make her boast in the Lord” Psalm 34:2.
Silently to kiss the rod, and the hand that whips with it, is the noblest way of clearing the Lord of all injustice.
Thomas Brooks, The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 1, ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart (Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; G. Herbert, 1866), 301. By “kiss the rod”, she means to realized that the affliction comes from God and thus will work good – even though the good will come at the cost of pain.
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 4:16–18 (KJV 1900)
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:21 (KJV 1900)
 Not that the human being will have angels’ wings, but that angels will carry the human being: “Luke 16:22 (KJV 1900):
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8–9 (KJV 1900)
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 (KJV 1900)
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
In thy presence is fulness of joy;
At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11 (KJV 1900)
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:1–5 (KJV 1900)
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth,
So great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children,
So the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame;
He remembereth that we are dust.
Psalm 103:11–14 (KJV 1900)
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2 (KJV 1900)
(5.) The fifth property. That knowledge that accompanies salvation, is a world-despising, a world-crucifying, and a world-contemning knowledge.1 It makes a man have low, poor, mean thoughts of the world; it makes a man slight it, and trample upon it as a thing of no value. That divine light that accompanies salvation, makes a man to look upon the world as mixed, as mutable, as momentary; it makes a man look upon the world as a liar, as a deceiver, as a flatterer, as a murderer, and as a witch that hath bewitched the souls of thousands to their eternal overthrow, by her golden offers and proffers. Divine knowledge put Paul upon trampling upon all the bravery and glory of the world, Philip. 3:4–9. I shall only transcribe the seventh and eighth verses, and leave you to turn to the rest. ‘But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung’ (σκύβαλα, dog’s dung or dog’s meat, coarse and contemptible), ‘that I may win Christ.’2 Divine knowledge raises his heart so high above the world, that he looks upon it with an eye of scorn and disdain, and makes him count it as an excrement, yea, as the very worst of excrements, as dogs’ dung, as dogs’ meat. Of the like import is that of Heb. 10:34, ‘For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.’ Divine knowledge will make a man rejoice, when his enemies make a bonfire of his goods. This man hath bills of exchange under God’s own hand, to receive a pound for every penny, a million for every mite, that he loses for him. And this makes him to rejoice, and to trample upon all the glory of this world, as one did upon the philosopher’s crown, Mat. 19:27–30.
Thomas Brooks, The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 2, ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart (Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; G. Herbert, 1866), 439.
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:4–9 (KJV 1900)
 Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20. The Aramaic prayer Maranatha found in 1 Corinthians 16:22 go back to the earliest days of the church.
His second wish is an Aramaic affirmation. Aramaic was the language of Palestine at this time in which Jesus spoke and preached. It was a cousin to Hebrew, the language of most of the Old Testament. “Maranatha,” Paul says, Come, Oh Lord! (16:22). This worship affirmation must have come from the earliest churches in Judea, for Paul would scarcely use an Aramaic phrase among the Greek speaking Corinthians if it did not have a significant history behind it. Clearly Jewish Christians from the very earliest days considered Jesus Lord, perhaps on the basis of Ps. 110:1: “The LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’ ”
Kenneth Schenck, 1 & 2 Corinthians: A Commentary for Bible Students (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2006), 238.
 The word “dissolved” is used in by Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:1, “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.” The ESV has the word “destroyed” rather than “dissolved”. We must be careful here not to read back in Bradstreet an annihilation of her existence, but rather a transformation. The desire for this present vain state to be ended and the eternal state (a state without corruption – but a state which is nonetheless physical) to begin is a common theme in the NT and in Christian meditation:
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6–8 (KJV 1900)
My thankful heart with glorying tongue
Shall celebrate thy name,
Who has restored, redeemed, re-cured
From sickness, death and pain.
I cried, thou seem’st to make some some stay–
I sought more earnestly,
And in due time thou succour’st me,
And sen’st me help from high.
Lord whilst my fleeting time shall last,
Thy goodness let me tell.
And new experience I have gain’d
My future doubts repell.
An humble, faithful life, O Lord,
Forever let me walk;
Let my obedience testify
My praise lies not in talk.
Accept, O Lord, my simple mite,
For more I cannot give;
What thou bestow’st I shall restore,
For of thine alms I love.
Bradstreet makes the following journal entry dated May 11, 1661:
It has pleased God to give me a long time of response these 4 years that I have had no great fit of sickness, but this year, from the middle of January till May, I have been by fits very ill and weak. This first of this month I had a fever seated upon me which, indeed, was the longest and sorest that ever I had, lasting 4 days, and the weather being very hot made it the more tedious, but it pleased the Lord to support my heart in this goodness, and to hear my prayer and to deliver me out of adversity. But, als! I cannot render unto the lord according to all his loving kindness nor take the cup of salvation with thanksgiving as I out to do. Lord, thou that knowest all things knowest that I desire to testify my thankfulness not only in word, but in deed, that my conservation may speak that thy vows are upon me.
 Stay: pause, hesitation.
 Psalm 3:3–6 (ESV)
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
 I will not merely praise you by what I say, but also in how I live.
 The “mite” was a small coin referenced in‘Luke 21:1–6 (ESV) :
1 Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” 5 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
 I live by means of the alms you give to me, a beggar.