A Letter to Daphnis, April 2, 1685
by Anne Kingsmill Finch
This to the crown and blessing of my life,
The much loved husband of a happy wife,
To him whose constant passion found the art
To win a stubborn and ungrateful heart;
And to the world by tenderest proof discovers
They err, who says that husbands can't be lovers.
With such return of passion, as is due,
Daphnis I love, Daphnis my thoughts pursue,
Daphnis, my hopes, my joys are bounded all in you:
Even I, for Daphnis, and my promise sake,
What I in women censure, undertake.
But this from love, not vanity, proceeds;
You know who writes; and I who 'tis that reads.
Judge not my passion by my want of skill,
Many love well, though they express it ill;
And I your censure could with pleasure bear,
Would you soon return, and speak it here.