By Night When Others Soundly Slept 

Today's reading from the SRT: Lent book is about repentance but there is also this beautiful poem that resonates with me. Hope it speaks to you, despite the "old English" language. 

By Night When Others Soundly Slept
Anne Bradstreet, circa 1647

By night when others soundly slept,
And had at once both ease and Rest,
My waking eyes were open kept
And so to lye 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 filled with Good,
He in His bottle putt my teares,
By smarting wounds washt in His blood,
And banisht thence my Doubts and feares.

What to my Savior shall I give,
Who freely hath done this for me?
I'le serve Him here whilst I shall live,
And love Him to eternity.

Leave a comment