An Answer to Another Persuading a Lady to Marriage

By Katherine Philips 1631–1664 Katherine Philips
Forbear, bold youth, all’s Heaven here,
   And what you do aver,
To others, courtship may appear,
   ’Tis sacriledge to her.

She is a publick deity,
   And were’t not very odd
She should depose her self to be
   A pretty household god?

First make the sun in private shine,
   And bid the world adieu,
That so he may his beams confine
   In complement to you.

But if of that you do despair,
   Think how you did amiss,
To strive to fix her beams which are
   More bright and large than this.

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Poet Katherine Philips 1631–1664


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Realistic & Complicated

 Katherine  Philips


One of the first women to acquire fame as a writer in England, Katherine Philips addressed poems of love and companionship to the women in her circle, called “Society of Friendship.” She was known as “The Matchless Orinda” for the pseudonym she adopted within the group and as “the English Sappho” for her similarities to the ancient Greek poetess of Lesbos.

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SUBJECT Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love, Realistic & Complicated


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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