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Meaning of Lines 9-10

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Upon a Fit of Sickness - Anne Bradstreet

In lines 9-10, “This life’s but small / in place of highest bliss” can best be stated as meaning:

A

In life you get unfortunate brevity rather than great pleasure.

B

Life is short, but still filled with exceeding bliss.

C

Compared to heaven, time on earth is insignificant.

D

When compared with the great pleasure it could be, life is short and dissatisfying.

E

Don’t take life too seriously, it’s just a short thing; therefore seek pleasure while you can.