To Her Father With Some Verses
By Anne Bradstreet
Most truly honoured, and as truly dear,
If worth in me, or ought I do appear,
Who can of right better demand the same?
Then may your worthy self from whom it came.
The principle might yield a greater sum,
Yet handled ill, amounts but to this crum,
My stock’s so small, I know not how to pay,
My Bond remains in force unto this day;
Yet for part payment take this simple mite.
Where nothing’s to be had Kings loose their right
Such is my debt, I may not say forgive,
But as I can, I’le pay it while I live:
Such is my bond, none can discharge but I,
Yet paying is not payd until I dye.