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