I am feeling particularly loving towards my husband today. I also feel like reading some good ol’ American literature. Put those two things together and you get this:
To My Dear and Loving Husband
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
-Ann Bradstreet (1678)
Thank you, Mrs. Bradstreet, for your beautiful poetry. And thank you, Samuel, for being my dear and loving husband. I love you!