1664 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Katherine Philips

H. A., "To the incomparable Mrs. K. P. Author of these Poems" Philips, Poems (1664) sig. A6v.



Madam,
The Beauty of your Lines, is't not so clear
You need no Foil to make 't the more appear?
She that's Superlative, although alone
Consider'd, gains not by Comparison.
And yet whate're hath hitherto been writ
By others, tends to magnifie your Wit.
What's said of Origen, (When he did well
Interpret Texts, no man did him excell;
When ill, no man did e're go so awry)
We may t' your Sex (though not to you) apply:
For now we've seen from a Feminine Quill
Poetry good as e're was, and as ill.
H. A.