seem ill-favoured, when we know her better we shall like her and she will add to our credit and dignity. The poetess evïdendy prefers melancholy.1)
In the same volume she returns to the contrast between Mirth and Melancholy in A Discourse of Melancholy. Here she maintains that the "seeming majesty" of mehncholy aspects makes them attractive ; the eye is dehghted by the dark shadows of the night. As sadness is superior to mirth the thought of Death should not cause grief. The grave brings rest and "Death, in misery, is a Release. This Cavalier lady owns the sadness of death, but, m these two poems at least, there is no unhealthy brooding on gruesome
Mrs'Katherine Phüips (d. 1664), the "celebrated or "matchless Orinda" held orthodox views, of which her poem 2 Cor. 5. 9: God was in Christ Reconahng the World to himself bears witness; her poem Death has none of the usual terrors ; she experts to die as Infants go asleep." Some elegiac lines In Memory of T. P. who died at Acton the 24. May 1660. at 12. and y2 of Age, are truly pathetic, unafferted and without obtrusive classical allusions ; they express her sorrow at the death of a duld. She has lost the joy of hfe;
Wo is me! I thought thee too much mine. But Til resign and follow thee as fast As my unhappy minutes will make haste.
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Fairy-land, The City of the Fairies, etc