According to Joanna Lipking of the English Dept. of Northwesters University, the author of this poem was Mary Castillion Randolph of Cantenbury, who died ca. 1697. Mrs. Randolph wrote another poem about Anne Kingsmill Finch, countess of Winchelsea, who in turn wrote an epistle to her. Cf. The poems of Anne, Countess of Winchelsea (Chicago, 1903), p. lii and p. 95. Printed marginal note on p. 3 ("All-Saints Day (96)") refers to the death date of Lady Oxenden, who was the first wife, Elizabeth Chute, of Sir James Oxenden, not the second wife, Arabella Watson, who died in 1735, and whose death date is the basis of the bracketed imprint date in Foxon R110 and ESTC TO43259. Cf. Cokayne, G.E. Complete baronetage, v. 4, p. 99.
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