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Friendship between EPHELIA and ARDELIA.
[ed.] "Ephelia" is possibly Lady Frances Worsley, daughter of Viscount Weymouth, who married Sir Robert Worsley in 1690. She was a regular correspondent of Anne's ("Ardelia"). (Reynolds [1903], xxxviii-xxxix) (AH)

1 WHat Friendship is, ARDELIA shew
2 'Tis to love, as I love You.
3 This Account, so short (tho' kind)
4 Suits not my enquiring Mind.
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5 Therefore farther now repeat;
6 What is Friendship when compleat?
7 'Tis to share all Joy and Grief;
8 'Tis to lend all due Relief
9 From the Tongue, the Heart, the Hand;
10 'Tis to mortgage House and Land;
11 For a Friend be sold a Slave;
12 'Tis to die upon a Grave,
13 If a Friend therein do lie.
14 This indeed, tho' carry'd high,
15 This, tho' more than e'er was done
16 Underneath the rolling Sun,
17 This has all been said before.
18 Can ARDELIA say no more?
19 Words indeed no more can shew:
20 But 'tis to love, as I love you.


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Title (in Source Edition): Friendship between EPHELIA and ARDELIA.
Themes: friendship
Genres: dialogue
References: DMI 9408

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Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of, 1661-1720. Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 252-253. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Buxton 100].)

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