Wonder not Madam, that the Muses pay


An Elegy. From the Muses at Parnassus (a Hill so called in Eastwell Park). To the Right Honorable the Lady Maidston on my Lord Winchilsea's Birthday [MS F-H Table: A Elegy on my Lord Winchilsea's Birth Day]

Primary Texts:

MS's: F-H 283, 121-24; Folger, 14.

Secondary Ed:

1903 Reynolds prints Folger text, 32-3.


Madam is Elizabeth Wyndham Finch, Lady Maidstone, the wife of the second earl's eldest son who died in 1672; the Lord is Charles Finch, now the 3rd Earl; lines 19-22 allude to or imitate the Edilium he and she has just written together (see directly below); Finch assumes Lady Maidstone will be surprized to find she is a poet; this is a poem in praise of Heneage's nephew.
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