No sooner Daphnis [1713: Flavio] was you gone
Titles: To Daphnis Who going abroad had disired Ardelia to write some Verses, upon whatever subject she thought fitt, gainst his return in the Evening (Folger full heading); To Mr. F. now Earl of W. Who going abroad [&c adding] Written in the Year 1689 (1713 Misc).
Primary Text: MS Folger, 56-9 (in text Daphnis crossed out with Flavio written above the lines)*.
Secondary Eds: 1713 Misc, 272-7; rpt of 1713: 1903 Reynolds, 20-3; rpts of 1903 Reynolds: 1928 Murray 39-42; 1930 Fausset, 11-4; 1979 Rogers AF, 28-31; 1987 Thompson, 23-6.
18C: Rpt of 1713: 1757 Colman, 252-5.
20C: Rpts of 1713/1903: 1973 Goulianos, 76-9; 1979 Rogers, Six Women, 6-9.
Comment: This makes an interesting comparison to the other poem written around this time, When, dear Teresa, shall I be"; Finch is moving away from Philips's mode (which may be seen in the line "They shou'd misterious be") to something self-distancing and therefore comic.
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