She Sigh'd, but soon it mixt with common air,
Too fleet a Witnesse, for her deep dispair.
She Wept, but teares no lasting grief can show,
For teares will fail and ebb, as well as flow.
She wou'd her tongue, to the sad subject force,
But all great passions, are aboue discourse:
Thy heart alone, Ardelia with it trust,
There graue it deep, Alas! twill fall to dust;
Urania is no more, to me no more,
All these combin'd, can ne're that losse deplore.
MS's: F-H 283, 7*; Folger 17.
1903 Reynolds prints Folger text, 17; rpts of 1903 Reynolds: 1930 Fausset, 8-9; 1979 Rogers AF, 23.
Rpt of 1713/1903: 1979 Rogers, Six Women, 4-5.
Urania is Mary of Modena. Urania is no more means Mary of Modena is now dethroned. Underneath "Ardelia" in the manuscript is another previous name. Perhaps Areta?
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