Friendship's Mystery,
To my dearest Lucasia

By Katherine Philips ("Orinda")

Edited by Jack Lynch

The text comes from Philips's Poems by the Most Deservedly Admired Mrs. Katherine Philips, the Matchless Orinda (1667).

1

COME, my Lucasia, since we see
   That Miracles Mens faith do move,
By wonder and by prodigy
   To the dull angry world let's prove
   There's a Religion in our Love. [5]

2

For though we were design'd t'agree,
   That Fate no liberty destroyes,
But our Election is as free
   As Angels, who with greedy choice
   Are yet determin'd to their joyes. [10]

3

Our hearts are doubled by the loss,
   Here Mixture is Addition grown;
We both diffuse, and both ingross:
   And we whose minds are so much one,
   Never, yet ever are alone. [15]

4

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. [20]

5

Divided joyes are tedious found,
   And griefs united easier grow:
We are our selves but by rebound,
   And all our Titles shuffled so,
   Both Princes, and both Subjects too. [25]

6

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. [30]