In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth, 1665
This poem follows the pattern of recollection, recognition, and resignation. Note the difference here between a poem about a loved one and Bradstreet's earlier poems to her husband. Here the focus is on the spiritual implication of death, not the sensual. Children are flowers growing in God’s garden. He can take them whenever he chooses; they are only on loan from Him. She accepts this, even though the pain is obviously great.
In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, who deceased August, 1665, being a Year and Half Old