Absence in love effects the same


Untitled: These verses were inserted in a letter to the Right Hon: ble the Lady Vicountess Weymouth written from Lewston the next day after my parting with her at Long Leat

Primary Text:

MS Wellesley, 100*.

Secondary Ed:

1988 Ellis d'Alessandro prints Wellesley text, 131; McGovern & Hinnant, 74.


Bussy-Rabutin, The Maximes d'Amour, I, 208: "On parle fort diversement"


A melancholy song written upon awakening after parting from a friend. They were given to Francis Finch Thynne, Lady Weymouth, Heneage's sister and mother to Utresia and Theanor (see above), for whose encouragement or appreciation Anne Finch tells Utresia she was grateful (in Anne Finch's epistolary poem upon the same occasion, "A Letter to the Hon: ble Lady Worseley at Long-Leat, Lewston August the 10th 1704. There is a half-mocking half-sympathetic reference to a "poor changeling" the family kept to "rowl" their walk (flatten the grass). Anne Finch suggests perhaps he is better off because he cannot reflect and understand the "long succeeding pains" of life.


From the epistle to Utresia, just before August 10, 1704.

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