The Marriage of Edward Herbert Esquire, and Mrs. Elizabeth Herbert

Anne Kingsmill Finch 1661 – 1720 (Westminster)

CUPID one day ask'd his Mother,
 When she meant that he shou'd Wed?
You're too Young, my Boy, she said:
 Nor has Nature made another
 Fit to match with Cupid's Bed.

Cupid then her Sight directed
 To a lately Wedded Pair;
Where Himself the Match effected;
 They as Youthful, they as Fair.

Having by Example carry'd
 This first Point in the Dispute;
WORSELEY next he said's not Marry'd:
 Her's with Cupid's Charms may suit

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Anne Kingsmill Finch

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (née Kingsmill), was an English poet and courtier. Finch's works often express a desire for respect as a female poet, lamenting her difficult position as a woman in the literary establishment and the court, while writing of "political ideology, religious orientation, and aesthetic sensibility". Her works also allude to other female authors of the time, such as Aphra Behn and Katherine Phillips. Through her commentary on the mental and spiritual equality of the genders and the importance of women fulfilling their potential as a moral duty to themselves and to society, she is regarded as one of the integral female poets of the Restoration Era. Finch died in Westminster in 1720 and was buried at her home at Eastwell, Kent.  more…

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