A Celebration of Women Writers

"Moral Song" 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. 263-264.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

Moral SONG.

Would we attain the happiest State,
    That is design'd us here;
No Joy a Rapture must create,
    No Grief beget Despair.
No Injury fierce Anger raise,
    No Honour tempt to Pride;
No vain Desires of empty Praise
    Must in the Soul abide.
No Charms of Youth, or Beauty move
    The constant, settl'd Breast:
Who leaves a Passage free to Love,
    Shall let in, all the rest.

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In such a Heart soft Peace will live,
    Where none of these abound;
The greatest Blessing, Heav'n do's give,
    Or can on Earth be found.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom