Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Lady Mary Wroth (see here),
As a widow she went to stay with
her 1st cousin,
William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke.
They had an affair. (He was the love of her life.)
She had natural issue by him.
She wrote the prose romance Urania, pub 1621.
This was the first ever long fiction work by an English woman.
At the end of Urania is the sonnet sequence Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.
She died c.1652, age c.65 yrs.
Come merry Spring delight us,
For Winter long did spight us,
In pleasure still persever,
Thy beauties ending never:
Spring, and grow
With joyes increasing ever.
Let cold from hence be banish'd,
Till hopes from me be vanish'd,
But blesse thy daynties growing
In fulnesse freely flowing:
Sweet Birds sing
For the Spring,
All mirth is now bestowing.
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