Friendship’s Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia

Katherine Philips (1655)

Katherine Philips (née Katherine Fowler) est une poète du dix-septième siècle anglais connue et célébrée sous le nom de l’Incomparable Orinde. C’est ainsi qu’elle signait les textes poétiques adressés à ses amis.


Come, my Lucasia, since we see
That miracles men’s faith do move,
By wonder and by prodigy
To the dull, angry world let’s prove
There’s a religion in our love.


For though we were designed t’agree,
that fate no liberty destroys,
But our election is as free
As angels, who with greedy choice
Are yet determined to their joys.


Our hearts are doubled by the loss,
Here mixture is addition grown;
We both diffuse, and both engross:
And we whose minds are so much one,
Never, yet ever are alone.


We court our own captivity
Than thrones more great and innocent:
‘Twere banishment to be set free,
Since we wear fetters whose intent
Not bondage is, but ornament.


Divided joys are tedious found,
And griefs united easier grow:
We are selves but by rebound,
And all our titles shuffled so,
Both princes, and both subjects too.


Our hearts are mutual victims laid,
While they (such power in friendship lies)
Are altars, priests, and off’rings made:
And each heart which thus kindly dies,
Grows deathless by the sacrifice.

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Katherine Philips, « Friendship’s Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia » (1655),  MuseMedusa, no 6, 2018, <> (Page consultée le ).