Friendship between Ephelia and Ardelia

By Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea 1661–1720 Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
Eph. What Friendship is, Ardelia show.
Ard. ’Tis to love, as I love you.
Eph. This account, so short (tho’ kind)
       Suits not my inquiring mind.
       Therefore farther now repeat:
       What is Friendship when complete?
Ard. ’Tis to share all joy and grief;
       ’Tis to lend all due relief
       From the tongue, the heart, the hand;
       ’Tis to mortgage house and land;
       For a friend be sold a slave;
       ’Tis to die upon a grave,
       If a friend therein do lie.
Eph. This indeed, tho’ carried high,
       This, tho’ more than e’er was done
       Underneath the rolling sun,
       This has all been said before.
       Can Ardelia say no more?
Ard. Words indeed no more can show:
       But ’tis to love, as I love you.

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Poet Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea 1661–1720

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Augustan

Subjects Love, Romantic Love

 Anne  Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

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Although she has always enjoyed some fame as a poet, Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, has only recently received greater praise and renewed attention. Her diverse and considerable body of work records her private thoughts and personal struggles but also illustrates her awareness of the social and political climate of her era. Not only do Finch’s poems reveal a sensitive mind and a religious soul, but they exhibit great . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Romantic Love

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Augustan

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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