Henry Vaughan
The World by Henry Vaughan

The World by Henry Vaughan

1 I saw Eternity the other night,2 Like a great ring of pure and endless light,3 All calm, as it was bright;4 And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, ...

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The Water-Fall by Henry Vaughan

The Water-Fall by Henry Vaughan

1 With what deep murmurs through time's silent stealth2 Doth thy transparent, cool, and wat'ry wealth3 Here flowing fall,4 And chide, and call,5 As if ...

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Regeneration by Henry Vaughan

Regeneration by Henry Vaughan

1.Award, and still in bonds, one day I stole abroad, It was high-spring, and all the way Primros'd, and hung with shade; Yet, was it frost within, And surly winds Blasted my ...

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Childhood by Henry Vaughan

Childhood by Henry Vaughan

I cannot reach it; and my striving eyeDazzles at it, as at eternity.Were now that chronicle alive,Those white designs which children drive,And the thoughts of each harmless ...

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Retirement by Henry Vaughan

Retirement by Henry Vaughan

Fresh fields and woods! the Earth's fair face, God's foot-stool, and man's dwelling-place. I ask not why the first BelieverDid love to be a country liver? Who to secure pious ...

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The Retreat by Henry Vaughan

The Retreat by Henry Vaughan

1 Happy those early days, when I2 Shin'd in my angel-infancy!3 Before I understood this place4 Appointed for my second race,5 Or taught my soul to fancy ought6 ...

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Joy Of My Life While Left Me Here! by Henry Vaughan

Joy Of My Life While Left Me Here! by Henry Vaughan

Joy of my life while left me here!And still my love!How in thy absence thou dost steerMe from above!A life well ledThis truth commends,With quick or deadIt never ends.Stars are of ...

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Man by Henry Vaughan

Man by Henry Vaughan

Weighing the steadfastness and stateOf some mean things which here below reside,Where birds like watchful clocks the noiseless dateAnd intercourse of times divide;Where bees at ...

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Unprofitableness by Henry Vaughan

Unprofitableness by Henry Vaughan

How rich, O Lord! how fresh thy visits are! 'Twas but just now my bleak leaves hopeless hung Sullied with dust and mud; Each snarling blast shot through me, and did share Their ...

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Silence And Stealth Of Days by Henry Vaughan

Silence And Stealth Of Days by Henry Vaughan

Silence, and stealth of days! 'tis now Since thou art gone, Twelve hundred hours, and not a brow But clouds hang on. As he that in some cave's thick damp Lockt from the light, ...

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Boethius, De Consolatione Philosophiae : Liber 2. Metrum 5 by Henry Vaughan

Boethius, De Consolatione Philosophiae : Liber 2. Metrum 5 by Henry Vaughan

Happy that first white age when we Lived by the earth's mere charity!No soft luxurious diet thenHad effeminated men:No other meat, nor wine, had any Than the coarse mast, or ...

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Christ’s Nativity by Henry Vaughan

Christ’s Nativity by Henry Vaughan

1 Awake, glad heart! get up and sing!2 It is the birth-day of thy King.3 Awake! awake!4 The Sun doth shake5 Light from his locks, and all the ...

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A Song To Amoret by Henry Vaughan

A Song To Amoret by Henry Vaughan

If I were dead, and, in my place,Some fresher youth designedTo warm thee, with new fires; and graceThose arms I left behind:Were he as faithful as the Sun,That's wedded to the ...

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Son-Days by Henry Vaughan

Son-Days by Henry Vaughan

1 Bright shadows of true Rest! some shoots of bliss, Heaven once a week; The next world's gladness prepossest in this; A day to seek; Eternity in time; the steps by which We Climb ...

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Cock-Crowing by Henry Vaughan

Cock-Crowing by Henry Vaughan

Father of lights! what sunny seed,What glance of day hast Thou confinedInto this bird? To all the breedThis busy ray Thou hast assigned;Their magnetism works all night,And dreams ...

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I Walk’D The Other Day by Henry Vaughan

I Walk’D The Other Day by Henry Vaughan

1 I walk'd the other day, to spend my hour,2 Into a field,3 Where I sometimes had seen the soil to yield4 A gallant flow'r;5 But winter now had ...

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The True Christians by Henry Vaughan

The True Christians by Henry Vaughan

So stick up ivy and the bays,And then restore the heathen ways.Green will remind you of the spring,Though this great day denies the thing.And mortifies the earth and allBut your ...

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Peace by Henry Vaughan

Peace by Henry Vaughan

1 My Soul, there is a country2 Afar beyond the stars,3 Where stands a winged sentry4 All skillful in the wars;5 There, above noise and danger6 ...

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Love And Discipline by Henry Vaughan

Love And Discipline by Henry Vaughan

Since in a land not barren still(Because Thou dost Thy grace distill)My lot is fallen, blest be Thy will!And since these biting frosts but killSome tares in me which choke or ...

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Etesia Absent by Henry Vaughan

Etesia Absent by Henry Vaughan

Love, the world's life! What a sad deathThy absence is to lose our breathAt once and die, is but to liveEnlarged, without the scant reprieveOf pulse and air: whose dull returnsAnd ...

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They Are All Gone Into The World Of Light by Henry Vaughan

They Are All Gone Into The World Of Light by Henry Vaughan

1 They are all gone into the world of light!2 And I alone sit ling'ring here;3 Their very memory is fair and bright,4 And my sad thoughts doth clear.5 ...

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The Star by Henry Vaughan

The Star by Henry Vaughan

1 Whatever 'tis, whose beauty here below2 Attracts thee thus and makes thee stream and flow,3 And wind and curl, and wink and smile,4 Shifting thy gate ...

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Corruption by Henry Vaughan

Corruption by Henry Vaughan

Sure it was so. Man in those early daysWas not all stone and earth;He shined a little, and by those weak raysHad some glimpse of his birth.He saw Heaven o'er his head, and knew ...

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Quickness by Henry Vaughan

Quickness by Henry Vaughan

False life, a foil and no more, whenWilt thou be gone?Thou foul deception of all menThat would not have the true come on.Thou art a moon-like toil, a blindSelf-posing state,A dark ...

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Content by Henry Vaughan

Content by Henry Vaughan

PEACE, peace ! I know 'twas brave ; But this coarse fleece, I shelter in, is slave To no such piece. When I am gone, I shall no wardrobes ...

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And Do They So? by Henry Vaughan

And Do They So? by Henry Vaughan

'Etenim res creatoe exerto capite observantesexpectant revelationem Filiorum Dei.''For created things, watching with head erect,await the revelation of the Sons of God.'And do ...

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Sweet Empty Sky Of June Without A Stain, by Henry Vaughan

Sweet Empty Sky Of June Without A Stain, by Henry Vaughan

O Lord, the hope of Israel, all they that forsakeThee shall be ashamed ; and they that depart fromThee, shall be written in the earth, because they haveforsaken the Lord, the ...

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The Shepherds by Henry Vaughan

The Shepherds by Henry Vaughan

Sweet, harmless lives! (on whose holy leisureWaits innocence and pleasure),Whose leaders to those pastures, and clear springs,Were patriarchs, saints, and kings,How happened it ...

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The Dawning by Henry Vaughan

The Dawning by Henry Vaughan

Ah! what time wilt Thou come? when shall that cry,'The bridegroom's coming,' fill the sky?Shall it in the evening run,When our words and works are dome?Or will Thy all-surprising ...

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The Relapse by Henry Vaughan

The Relapse by Henry Vaughan

My God, how gracious art thou! I had slipt Almost to hell, And on the verge of that dark, dreadful pit Did hear them yell, But O thy love! thy rich, almighty love That sav'd my ...

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The Evening-Watch: A Dialogue by Henry Vaughan

The Evening-Watch: A Dialogue by Henry Vaughan

BODY1 Farewell! I go to sleep; but when2 The day-star springs, I'll wake again. SOUL 3 Go, sleep in peace; and when thou liest4 Unnumber'd in thy dust, ...

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As Time One Day By Me Did Pass by Henry Vaughan

As Time One Day By Me Did Pass by Henry Vaughan

AS Time one day by me did pass, Through a large dusky glass He held, I chanc'd to look, And spied his curious book Of past days, where sad ...

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Midnight by Henry Vaughan

Midnight by Henry Vaughan

WHEN to my Eyes Whilst deep sleep others catches, Thine host of spies, The stars, shine in their watches, I do survey Each busy ray, And how they ...

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Upon The Priory Grove, His Usual Retirement by Henry Vaughan

Upon The Priory Grove, His Usual Retirement by Henry Vaughan

Hail sacred shades! cool, leavy House! Chaste treasurer of all my vows, And wealth! on whose soft bosom laid My love's fair steps I first betrayed: Henceforth no melancholy ...

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Mount Of Olives (I) by Henry Vaughan

Mount Of Olives (I) by Henry Vaughan

1.SWEET, sacred hill ! on whose fair brow My Saviour sate, shall I allow Language to love, And idolize some shade, or grove, Neglecting thee ? such ill-plac'd wit, Conceit, or ...

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The Nativity by Henry Vaughan

The Nativity by Henry Vaughan

Peace? and to all the world? sure, OneAnd He the Prince of Peace, hath none.He travels to be born, and thenIs born to travel more again.Poor Galilee! thou canst not beThe place ...

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The Revival by Henry Vaughan

The Revival by Henry Vaughan

1 Unfold! unfold! Take in His light,2 Who makes thy cares more short than night.3 The joys which with His day-star rise,4 He deals to all but drowsy eyes;5 ...

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Anguish by Henry Vaughan

Anguish by Henry Vaughan

My God and King! to TheeI bow my knee;I bow my troubled soul, and greetWith my foul heart thy holy feet.Cast it, or tread it! it shall doEven what thou wilt, and praise thee ...

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The Bird by Henry Vaughan

The Bird by Henry Vaughan

Hither thou com'st: the busy wind all nightBlew through thy lodging, where thy own warm wingThy pillow was. Many a sullen storm(For which coarse man seems much the fitter ...

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Death. A Dialogue by Henry Vaughan

Death. A Dialogue by Henry Vaughan

Soul.'TIS a sad Land, that in one day Hath dull'd thee thus ; when death shall freeze Thy blood to ice, and thou must stay Tenant for years, and centuries ; How wilt thou brook't ...

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The Book by Henry Vaughan

The Book by Henry Vaughan

Eternal God! Maker of allThat have lived here since the man's fall:The Rock of Ages! in whose shadeThey live unseen, when here they fade;Thou knew'st this paper when it was Mere ...

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The Timber by Henry Vaughan

The Timber by Henry Vaughan

Sure thou didst flourish once! and many springs, Many bright mornings, much dew, many showers, Pass'd o'er thy head; many light hearts and wings, Which now are dead, lodg'd in thy ...

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The Pursuit by Henry Vaughan

The Pursuit by Henry Vaughan

LORD ! what a busy, restless thing Hast Thou made man ! Each day and hour he is on wing, Rests not a span ; Then having lost the sun and light, By clouds surpris'd, He keeps a ...

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The Morning-Watch by Henry Vaughan

The Morning-Watch by Henry Vaughan

1 O joys! infinite sweetness! with what flow'rs2 And shoots of glory my soul breaks and buds!3 All the long hours4 Of night, and rest,5 ...

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Thou That Know’st For Whom I Mourn by Henry Vaughan

Thou That Know’st For Whom I Mourn by Henry Vaughan

THOU that know'st for whom I mourn, And why these tears appear, That keep'st account till he return Of all his dust left here ; As easily Thou might'st prevent, As now produce, ...

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The Shower (I) by Henry Vaughan

The Shower (I) by Henry Vaughan

1.'TWAS so ; I saw thy birth. That drowsy lakeFrom her faint bosom breath'd thee, the diseaseOf her sick waters and infectious ease.But now at even,Too gross for heaven,Thou ...

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The Storm by Henry Vaughan

The Storm by Henry Vaughan

I SEE the use : and know my blood Is not a sea, But a shallow, bounded flood, Though red as he ; Yet have I flows, as strong as his, And boiling streams that ...

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The Daughter Of Herodias by Henry Vaughan

The Daughter Of Herodias by Henry Vaughan

Matthew xiv 6-11Vain, sinful art! who first did fitThy lewd loathed motions unto sounds,And made grave music like wild witErr in loose airs beyond her bounds?What fires hath he ...

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Vanity Of Spirit by Henry Vaughan

Vanity Of Spirit by Henry Vaughan

Quite spent with thoughts, I left my cell and layWhere a shrill spring tuned to the early day.I begged here long, and groaned to knowWho gave the clouds so brave a bow,Who bent ...

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The Dwelling-Place by Henry Vaughan

The Dwelling-Place by Henry Vaughan

John 1:38-39What happy secret fountain,Fair shade or mountain,Whose undiscovered virgin gloryBoasts it this day, though not in story,Was then thy dwelling? Did some cloud, Fixed ...

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