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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. I–II: Colonial Literature, 1607–1764
 
In Praise of Mistress Bradstreet
By Nathaniel Ward (1578–1652)
 
[Prefixed to the Collection of Her Poems, “The Tenth Muse.” 1650.]

MERCURY show’d Apollo, Bartas’ book,
Minerva this, and wish’d him well to look,
And tell uprightly, which did which excel:
He view’d and view’d, and vow’d he could not tell.
They bid him hemisphere his mouldy nose,        5
With ’s crack’d leering glasses, for it would pose
The best brains he had in ’s old pudding-pan,
Sex weigh’d, which best, the woman or the man?
He peer’d, and por’d, and glar’d, and said for wore,
I ’m even as wise now, as I was before.        10
They both ’gan laugh, and said, it was no mar’l
The auth’ress was a right Du Bartas girl.
Good sooth, quoth the old Don, tell me ye so,
I muse whither at length these girls will go.
It half revives my chill frost-bitten blood,        15
To see a woman once do aught that ’s good;
And chode by Chaucer’s boots and Homer’s furs,
Let men look to ’t, lest women wear the spurs.
 
 
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