From The female Vertuosos. A Comedy By Thomas Wright. London, 1693. With a dedication to Charles Finch, Earl of Winchilsea, I offer for the reader's perusal "For the soft Joys of Love no longer last".

See my Annotated Chronology No. 57. As I point out there, this play contains another of Anne's songs, "Love thou art best of human joys" (pp. 49-50). The play is dedicated to and intended to please Heneage and Anne's nephew, Charles Finch, who favoured just such rough comedy and is said to have supplied the two songs which are presented as interludes of wisdom or rare beauty in the action. The first, sung by Clerimont, is said to be by a lady ("Love, thou art best of Human Joys"). Who could the second be by? It is is sung by Marina whose name resembles that of the heroine of The Queen of Cyprus (latter toned down or censored into Triumphs of Love and Innocence); Marina is close to Mariana. The sentiment and prosody closely resembles other songs by Anne from her period at court. Reynolds discusses the play and its songs with interest.

From The Female Vertuosos, a song supplied to Wright by Charles Finch, third Earl of Winchilsea:

For the soft Joys of Love no longer last,
When once the fatal Yea our Lips has past;
Then we begin to court and to comply,
[Oft?] we only Rule, while we deny.

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