Friendship's Mystery, To my Dearest Lucasia
Katherine Philips, Poems (1667): 21-22; A Facsimile Reproduction with an Introduction by Travis Dupriest (Delmar, New York: Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 1992). PR 3619 P4P64 1992. E-10 4168 Fisher Rare Book Library
##1Come, my Lucasia, since we see
2 That Miracles Mens faith do move,
3By wonder and by prodigy
4 To the dull angry world let's prove
5 There's a Religion in our Love.
##6For though we were design'd t' agree,
7 That Fate no liberty destroyes,
8But our Election is as free
9 As Angels, who with greedy choice
10 Are yet determin'd to their joyes.
##11Our hearts are doubled by the loss,
12 Here Mixture is Addition grown ;
13We both diffuse, and both ingross :
14 And we whose minds are so much one,
15 Never, yet ever are alone.
##16We court our own Captivity
17 Than Thrones more great and innocent :
18'Twere banishment to be set free,
19 Since we wear fetters whose intent
20 Not Bondage is, but Ornament.
##21Divided joyes are tedious found,
22 And griefs united easier grow :
23We are our selves but by rebound,
24 And all our Titles shuffled so,
25 Both Princes, and both Subjects too.
##26Our Hearts are mutual Victims laid,
27 While they (such power in Friendship lies)
28Are Altars, Priests, and Off'rings made :
29 And each Heart which thus kindly dies,
30 Grows deathless by the Sacrifice.
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