Katherine Philips

On the little Regina Collier,
on the same Tomb-Stone.

     VIRTUE'S blossom, Beauty's bud,
The pride of all that's fair and good,
By Death's fierce hand was snatchèd hence
In her state of Innocence:
Who by it this advantage gains,
Her wages got without her pains.

[AJ Notes:

same Tomb-stone, the preceding poem is about
the tombstone of her father, Mr. John Collier.

wages... without her pains, i.e., who got to
heaven without having to suffer the pains of a life.]

Philips, Katherine. Poems, 1678.
in Minor Poets of the Caroline Period.
George Saintsbury, ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1905. 552.

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