A Celebration of Women Writers

"A Song [Persuade me not...]" 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. 268.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

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Persuade me not, there is a Grace
  Proceeds from Silvia's Voice or Lute,
Against Miranda's charming Face
  To make her hold the least Dispute.

Musick, which tunes the Soul for Love,
  And stirs up all our soft Desires,
Do's but the glowing Flame improve,
  Which pow'rful Beauty first inspires.

Thus, whilst with Art she plays, and sings
  I to Miranda, standing by,
Impute the Music of the Strings,
  And all the melting Words apply.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom