1702 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Bradstreet

Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana (1702); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 2:229.



Reader, America justly admires the learned women of the other hemisphere. She has heard of those that were witnesses to the old professors of all philosophy: she hath heard of Hippatia, who formerly taught the liberal arts; and of Sarocchia, who, more lately, was very often the moderatrix in the disputations of the learned men of Rome: she has been told of the three Corinnas, which equalled, if not excelled, the most celebrated poets of their time: she has been told of the Empress Eudocia, who composed poetical paraphrases on various parts of the Bible; and of Rosnida, who wrote the lives of holy men; and of Pamphilia who wrote other histories unto the life: the writings of the most renowned Anna Maria Schurman, have come unto her. But she now prays that into such catalogues of authoresses as Beverovicus, Hottinger, and Voetius, have given unto the world, there may be a room given unto Madam Ann Bradstreet, the daughter of our Governor Dudley, and the consort of our Governor Bradstreet, whose poems, divers times printed, have afforded a grateful entertainment unto the ingenious, and a monument for her memory beyond the stateliest marbles.