On the Difficulties of Religion
A seventy-nine line version of this poem (from Magdalen MS 343), titled "Fidelia arguing with her self on the difficulty of finding the true Religion," is given in Kissing the Rod: An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Women's Verse, edited by Germaine Greer, et al. ( New York: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1989), pp. 355-357. The shorter version given here is from Barker's A Patch‐ Work Screen for the Ladies ( 1723).
A Poem on Love
Through his music, Orpheus charmed the rulers of the Under‐ world into letting him reclaim his dead wife, with the restriction that he must not look at her until she returned to earth; when almost at the gates of Hades he turned to make sure she was following and thus lost her for ever.
Venus was said to have arisen from the foam of the Aegean Sea and been carried by the winds to Cyprus; she was worshipped there at Idalia and at Paphos.
"A Poem on Love," "Divine Love," and "To my Lord *****, from a Statesman" appeared in Letters Moral and Entertaining, Pts. I to III ( 1728- 1732). Pt. I was published with Friendship in Death. In Twenty Letters From the Dead to the Living ( 1728). Garland has rpt. Friendship in Death, intro. Josephine Grieder, including all of the Letters ( New York, 1972).
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Publication information: Book title: British Women Poets, 1660-1800:An Anthology. Contributors: Joyce Fullard - Editor. Publisher: Whitston. Place of publication: Troy, NY. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 541.
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