Friendship's Mystery, To my Dearest Lucasia

Original Text: 
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Publication Start Year: 
1667
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.
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