An Collins is the otherwise unknown writer credited with the authorship of Divine Songs and Meditacions, a collection of poems and prose meditations published in 1653. All that is known of her life must be discovered in this volume. There is a strong strain of spiritual biography in her work, and from "To the Reader," the "Preface" and "The Discourse," it can be assumed that she lived in the country, probably with a disability or chronic illness. She was middle-aged, had no children, and makes little mention of family. There is some indication that she had a community of coreligionists, though her religious affiliation is difficult to determine, whether ProtestantGottlieb, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.The Preface to Divine Songs and Meditacions, lines 106-107.
Divine Songs and Meditacions Composed By An Collins. London: R. Bishop, 1653.
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