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 Protestant or Catholic. She was writing during the English Civil War and, judging from her remarks on the necessity of resignation, faced considerable difficulty. Difficulty which served, it would seem, as inspiration: "So sorrow serv'd but as springing raine / To ripen fruits, indowments of the minde."