A Celebration of Women Writers

"Friendship Between Ephelia and Ardelia" by Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661 - 1720)
From Winchilsea, Anne (Kingsmill) Finch, Countess of. Miscellany Poems, on Several Occasions, London: printed for J[ohn] B[arber] and sold by Benj. Tooke at the Middle-Temple-Gate, William Taylor in Pater-Noster-Row, and James Round, in Exchange-Alley, Cornhil, 1713. p. 252-253.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

Friendship Between EPHELIA and ARDELIA.

Eph. What Friendship is, ARDELIA shew.
Ard. 'Tis to love, as I love You.
Eph. This Account, so short (tho' kind)
  Suits not my enquiring Mind.

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  Therefore farther now repeat;
  What is Friendship when compleat?
Ard. 'Tis to share all Joy and Grief;
  'Tis to lend all due Relief
  From the Tongue, the Heart, the Hand;
  'Tis to mortgage House and Land;
  For a Friend be sold a Slave;
  'Tis to die upon a Grave,
  If a Friend therein do lie.
Eph. This indeed, tho' carry'd high,
  This, tho' more than e'er was done
  Underneath the rolling Sun,
  This has all been said before.
  Can ARDELIA say no more?
Ard. Words indeed no more can shew:
  But 'tis to love, as I love you.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom