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Katherine Philips

  • I did not live until this time / Crown'd my felicity, / When I could say without a crime, / I am not thine, but Thee.

    • Katherine Philips,
    • "To my Excellent Lucasia, on our Friendship," Poems ()
  • Grief sooner may distract than kill, / And the Unhappy often prove / Death is as coy a thing as Love.

    • Katherine Philips,
    • "To My Antenor" (1661), Poems ()
  • I did but see him and he disappeared, / I did but pluck the rosebud and it fell ...

    • Katherine Philips,
    • "Orinda Upon Little Hector Philips" (1667), Selected Poems ()
  • I find too there are few Friendships in the World Marriage-Proof; especially when the Person our Friend marries has not a Soul particularly capable of the Tenderness of that Endearment ... we may generally conclude the Marriage of a Friend to be the Funeral of a Friendship ...

    • Katherine Philips,
    • 1662, in Philip Webster Souers, The Matchless Orinda ()
  • Opinion is the rate of things, / From hence our peace doth flow; / I have a better fate than kings, / Because I think it so.

    • Katherine Philips,
    • in Alexander Dyce, ed., Specimens of British Poetesses ()

Katherine Philips, English poet

(1631 - 1664)

Full name: Katherine Fowler Philips. Known as Orinda.