Choose one work from the Puritans authors, Mary Rowlandson, Anne Bradstreet, or Edward Taylor. Which work conforms or conflicts with Puritan values? Provide specific examples from the work to support your response. 
Create a substantive response of 150-200 words and respond to another student in the forum.Edward Taylor’s “Huswifery” original

Make me, O Lord, Thy spinning-wheel complete.
Thy holy word my distaff make for me.
Make mine affections Thy swift flyers neat
And make my soul Thy holy spool to be.
My conversation make to be Thy reel
And reel thy yarn thereon spun of Thy wheel.

Make me Thy loom then, knit therein this twine:
And make Thy Holy Spirit, Lord, wind quills:
Then weave the web Thyself. Thy yarn is fine.
Thine ordinances make my fulling-mills.
Then dye the same in heavenly colors choice,
All pinked with varnished flowers of paradise.

Then clothe therewith mine understanding, will,
Affections, judgment, conscience, memory,
My words and actions, that their shine may fill
My ways with glory and Thee glorify.
Then mine apparel shall display before Ye
That I am clothed in holy robes for glory.

Literal translation of poem

Lord, please make me Your spinning wheel
Make the Bible the distaff of the spinning wheel
Make my emotions the part of the spinning wheel
that twists the fibers to make the yarn strong.
Make my soul and my conversation the spool/reel
that You wrap the yarn around.

Now, make me Your loom and weave a cloth of the
yarn You’ve spun.
Make Your Holy Spirit wind the yarn around the
spool and then weave the cloth Yourself. The yarn
You make from me can only be weak because of my
sinful human nature, so make the cloth stronger by
using Your laws as fulling-mills (a machine that
thickens cloth into felt—a difficult cloth to rip).
Then color the cloth with any color that pleases You
and make the cloth shiny and lacy with heavenly
flowers (not your typical Puritan day-wear).

Now, take the cloth and make clothes to cover my
soul so that on earth I can act in a way that will bring
glory to You.
Then, through Your work in me, I can stand before
You ready to enter heaven.

Interpretative translation of poem

Lord, please use me for Your work (of sanctification)
Let the Bible support my efforts to be a good
Let my emotions be a help, not a hindrance, to your
work in me
Please cover the imperfection (sin) of my soul with
Your Will for me

Now, let me use the spiritual gifts you give me to do
good works. I am only a weak human; so, please
help me to obey Your laws in order to make me
stronger. Give me any purpose; ask me to do
anything with my life, for doing Your Will always
produces a beautiful work.

God, the only way that I can be made worthy of
heaven, is to have you recreate me (sanctify me) in
Your Will, covering the sin of my human nature. I
know through Your Word and Your Holy Mercy that
You want to do this for me, Your Child. May it bring
you all glory.Excerpt from The Narrative of the Captivity and

Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
by Mary Rowlandson

The sovereignty and goodness of GOD, together with the faithfulness of his

promises displayed, being a narrative of the captivity and restoration of Mrs.
Mary Rowlandson, commended by her, to all that desires to know the Lord’s

doings to, and dealings with her. Especially to her dear children and

relations. The second Addition [sic] Corrected and amended. Written by her
own hand for her private use, and now made public at the earnest desire of

some friends, and for the benefit of the afflicted. Deut. 32.39. See now that
I, even I am he, and there is no god with me, I kill and I make alive, I

wound and I heal, neither is there any can deliver out of my hand.

On the tenth of February 1675, came the Indians with great numbers upon
Lancaster: their first coming was about sunrising; hearing the noise of some

guns, we looked out; several houses were burning, and the smoke ascending
to heaven. There were five persons taken in one house; the father, and the

mother and a sucking child, they knocked on the head; the other two they

took and carried away alive. There were two others, who being out of their
garrison upon some occasion were set upon; one was knocked on the head,

the other escaped; another there was who running along was shot and
wounded, and fell down; he begged of them his life, promising them money

(as they told me) but they would not hearken to him but knocked him in
head, and stripped him naked, and split open his bowels. Another, seeing

many of the Indians about his barn, ventured and went out, but was quickly
shot down. There were three others belonging to the same garrison who

were killed; the Indians getting up upon the roof of the barn, had advantage
to shoot down upon them over their fortification. Thus these murderous

wretches went on, burning, and destroying before them.

At length they came and beset our own house, and quickly it was the

dolefulest day that ever mine eyes saw. The house stood upon the edge of a
hill; some of the Indians got behind the hill, others into the barn, and others

behind anything that could shelter them; from all which places they shot
against the house, so that the bullets seemed to fly like hail; and quickly

they wounded one man among us, then another, and then a third. About
two hours (according to my observation, in that amazing time) they had

been about the house before they prevailed to fire it (which they did with
flax and hemp, which they brought out of the barn, and there being no

defense about the house, only two flankers at two opposite corners and one
of them not finished); they fired it once and one ventured out and quenched

it, but they quickly fired it again, and that took. Now is the dreadful hour
come, that I have often heard of (in time of war, as it was the case of

Excerpt from The Narrative of the Captivity and To My Dear and Loving Husband

Anne Bradstreet – 1612-1672

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 persever,

That when we live no more we may live ever.

Line 1
She begins the poem, To my Dear and Loving Husband, with a proclamation.

If ever two were one, then surely we.
This reveals her truly deep love for her husband by claiming that if any two people in the history of marriages have ever

been bonded together as though they were one person, then surely she and her husband are bonded together in this deep

and intimate way.

Line 2
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
In the second line, Bradstreet reassures her husband of her own love and commitment to him by claiming that

she loves him as much as any woman as ever loved a man. This is a great claim, as there are countless lovers in

the world. But she is confident that she loves her husband as much as any woman has ever loved a man.

Lines 3-4
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
In the third and fourth lines, she reassures her husband that she is happy with him. She challenges him to

compare her with any other woman and see that she herself is happiest of all women because she is married to


Lines 5-6
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
In the fifth and sixth lines, she proclaims to her husband that his love is worth far more to her than any amount

of money could ever be worth. She claims that she values his love “more than whole mines of gold” and even

more than “all the riches that the East doth hold”. This shows that she values the human feeling of love in

connection and commitment to another person far more than she could ever value any amount of material


To My Dear and Loving Husband

Anne Bradstreet – 1612-1672

Line 7
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
In the seventh line, she reveals that even though she is the happiest of women, she does not count herself fully

satisfied, because the nature of her love for him is such that she feels she can never get enough. This is why she

says. “My love is such that rivers cannot quench”.

Line 8
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
In the eighth line, she reveals her gratitude for being the recipient of her husband’s love, by claiming that she

could never “recompense” his love. This shows that she feels so loved by her husband that she doesn’t believe

she could ever make him feel as loved

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