Richard Crashaw Poems
- An Epitaph Upon Husband And Wi... TO these whom death again ...
- Divine Epigrams: To Our Lord, ...
- But Men Loved Darkness Rather ...
- Prayer LO here a little volume, but great Book A nest of ...
- Christ Crucified THY restless feet now cannot go ...
- A Song Lord, when the sense of thy sweet grace Sends up ...
- Divine Epigrams: On The Miracl...
Richard was the only son of William Crashaw, a puritan preacher in London who had officiated at the burning of Mary, Queen of Scots. In defiance of his father's views on religion, Crashaw went to a High Church college at Cambridge, Pembroke. He later became a fellow of Peterhouse College but was forced to resign because of his Roman Catholic leanings.
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An Epitaph Upon Husband And Wife
TO these whom death again did wed
This grave 's the second marriage-bed.
For though the hand of Fate could force
'Twixt soul and body a divorce,
It could not sever man and wife,
Because they both lived but one life.
Peace, good reader, do not weep;
Peace, the lovers are asleep.
They, sweet turtles, folded lie
In the last knot that love could tie.
Let them sleep, let them sleep on,
Till the stormy night be gone,
And the eternal morrow dawn;
Then the curtains will be drawn,
And they wake into a light
Whose day shall never die in night.