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Henry Vaughan

(1621 - 23 April 1695 / Brecknockshire, Wales)

Quotations

  • ''I saw Eternity the other night,
    Like a great ring of pure and endless light,''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. The World (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Yet some, who all this while did weep and sing,
    And sing and weep, soared up into the ring;
    But most would use no wing.
    O fools, said I, thus to prefer dark night
    Before true light!''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. The World (l. 46-50). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''They are all gone into the world of light!
    And I alone sit ling'ring here;''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. They Are All Gone into the World of Light (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Either disperse these mists, which blot and fill
    My perspective, still, as they pass:
    Or else remove me hence unto that hill
    Where I shall need no glass.''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. They Are All Gone into the World of Light (l. 37-40). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Dear, beauteous Death! the jewel of the just,
    Shining nowhere, but in the dark;''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. They Are All Gone into the World of Light (l. 17-18). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''Then whisper by that holy spring,
    Where for her sake I would have died,
    Whilst those water-nymphs did bring
    Flowers to cure what she had tried;
    And of my faith and love did sing.''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. To Amoret (l. 11-15). EnLoPo. English Love Poems. John Betjeman and Geoffrey Taylor, comps. (1957; paperback 1964) Faber and Faber.
  • ''O thou immortal light and heat!
    Whose hand so shines through all this frame,
    That by the beauty of the seat,
    We plainly see who made the same.
    Seeing thy seed abides in me,
    Dwell thou in it, and I in thee.''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. Cock-crowing (l. 19-24). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''He sighed for Eden, and would often say,
    "Ah! what bright days were those!"''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. Corruption (l. 19-20). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''He drew the curse upon the world, and cracked
    The whole frame with his fall.
    This made him long for home, as loth to stay
    With murmurers and foes;''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. Corruption (l. 15-18). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''Weighing the steadfastness and state
    Of some mean things which here below reside,
    Where birds like watchful clocks the noiseless date
    And intercourse of times divide,''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. Man (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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I Walk'd the Other Day

1 I walk'd the other day, to spend my hour,
2 Into a field,
3 Where I sometimes had seen the soil to yield
4 A gallant flow'r;
5 But winter now had ruffled all the bow'r
6 And curious store
7 I knew there heretofore.

8 Yet I, whose search lov'd not to peep and peer

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