A Celebration of Women Writers

"On the Soft and Gentle Motions of Eudora" [author unknown]
From Killigrew, Anne. Poems 1686. Facs. edn., ed. R. E. Morton. Gainesville, Florida: Scholars, 1967. pp. 99-100.

[Page 99]

On the Soft and Gentle

Motions of Eudora.

DIvine Thalia strike th'Harmonious Lute,
But with a Stroke so Gentle as may sute
    The silent gliding of the Howers,
    Or yet the calmer growth of Flowers;
    Th'ascending or the falling Dew,
    Which none can see, though all find true.
            For thus alone,
            Can be shewn,
        How downie, how smooth,
        Eudora doth Move,
     How Silken her Actions appear,
        The Aire of her Face,
        Of a gentler Grace
     Then those that do stroke the Eare.
        Her Address so sweet,
        So Modestly Meet,

[Page 100]

That 'tis not the Lowd though Tuneable String,
Can shewforth so soft, so Noyseless a Thing!
  O This to express from thy Hand must fall,
  Then Musicks self, something more Musical.



IN Mr. Drydens Ode, Stanzo 5. at the end of the first line read [None.]
p. 9. v. 6. for her r. its.
p. 24. v. 1. for renown'd r. renowned.
p. 38 v. last but one, for renounced r. renowned.
p. 57. v. 1. Instead of the Interrogation-point, make a Comma.
p. 97. v. 13. r. burn'd with a nobler fier.

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