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Poem by Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea


A Letter to Daphnis


This to the crown and blessing of my life,
The much loved husband of a happy wife;
To him whose constant passion found the art
To win a stubborn and ungrateful heart,
And to the world by tenderest proof discovers
They err, who say that husbands cant be lovers.
With such return of passion as is due,
Daphnis I love, Daphnis my thoughts pursue;
Daphnis my hopes and joys are bounded all in you.
Even I, for Daphnis and my promise sake,
What I in women censure, undertake.
But this from love, not vanity, proceeds;
You know who writes, and I who tis that reads.
Judge not my passion by my want of skill:
Many love well, though they express it ill;
And I your censure could with pleasure bear,
Would you but soon return, and speak it here.



Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea


Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea's other poems:
  1. The Tree
  2. The Introduction
  3. Adam Posed
  4. On Myself
  5. To the Nightingale


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