I have to read lots of this as part of my degree (given I major in English, this should not be a surprise). Some of it I like and some of it I love. The rest I want to tear to pieces. I will post some stuff on this page to save having to put up separate posts for all of it. I will also be adding photos in between poems, because I can 🙂
Katherine Philips, “A Married State”
A married state affords but little ease
The best of husbands are so hard to please.
This in wives’ careful faces you may spell
Though they dissemble their misfortunes well.
A virgin state is crowned with much content;
It’s always happy as it’s innocent.
No blustering husbands to create your fears;
No pangs of childbirth to extort your tears;
Few worldly crosses to distract your prayers:
Thus are you freed from all the cares that do
Attend on matrimony and a husband too.
Therefore Madam, be advised by me
Turn, turn apostate to love’s levity,
Suppress wild nature if she dare rebel,
There’s no such things as leading apes in hell.