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A LETTER to the same Person
[ed.] Heneage Finch (1657-1726), Anne's husband, who was arrested in 1690, but later released. (AH)

1 SUre of Success, to You I boldly write,
2 Whilst Love do's ev'ry tender Line endite;
3 Love, who is justly President of Verse,
4 Which all his Servants write, or else rehearse.
5 Phoebus (howe'er mistaken Poets dream)
6 Ne'er us'd a Verse, till Love became his Theme.
7 To his stray'd Son, still as his Passion rose,
8 He rais'd his hasty Voice in clam'rous Prose:
9 But when in Daphne he wou'd Love inspire,
10 He woo'd in Verse, set to his silver Lyre.
11 The Trojan Prince did pow'rful Numbers join
12 To sing of War; but Love was the Design:
13 And sleeping Troy again in Flames was drest,
14 To light the Fires in pitying Dido's Breast.
15 Love without Poetry's refining Aid
16 Is a dull Bargain, and but coarsely made;
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17 Nor e'er cou'd Poetry successful prove,
18 Or touch the Soul, but when the Sense was Love.
19 Oh! cou'd they both in Absence now impart
20 Skill to my Hand, but to describe my Heart;
21 Then shou'd you see impatient of your Stay
22 Soft Hopes contend with Fears of sad Delay;
23 Love in a thousand fond Endearments there,
24 And lively Images of You appear.
25 But since the Thoughts of a Poetick Mind
26 Will never be to Syllables confin'd;
27 And whilst to fix what is conceiv'd, we try,
28 The purer Parts evaporate and dye:
29 You must perform what they want force to do,
30 And think what your ARDELIA thinks of you.


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Title (in Source Edition): A LETTER to the same Person.
Genres: heroic couplet; epistle

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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. 278-279. [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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