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Richard Crashaw

(1612 - 1649 / England)

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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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  • ''To these, whom Death again did wed,
    This grave's the second Marriage-bed.''
    Richard Crashaw (1613?-1649), British poet. An Epitaph upon Husband and Wife Who Died and Were Buried Together (l. 1-2). . . Seven Centuries of Po...
  • ''(Pillow hard, and sheets not warm)
    Love made the bed; they'll take no harm.''
    Richard Crashaw (1613?-1649), British poet. An Epitaph upon Husband and Wife Who Died and Were Buried Together (l. 13-14). . . Seven Centuries of ...
  • We saw Thee in Thy balmy nest,
    Young Dawn of our Eternal Day!
    We saw Thine eyes break from the East
    And chase the trembling shades away.
    We saw Thee and we blest the sight,...
    Richard Crashaw (1613?-1649), British poet. In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord God (l. 31-36). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols...
  • Welcome, all wonders in one night!
    Eternity shut in a span,
    Summer in winter, day in night,
    Heaven in earth, and God in man.
    Great Little One! Whose all-embracing birth Richard Crashaw (1613?-1649), British poet. In the Holy Nativity of Our Lord God (l. 79-84). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. ...
  • Runs to and fro, complaining his sweet cares
    Because those pretious mysteries that dwell
    In musick's ravish't soule hee dare not tell,
    But whisper to the world: thus doe they vary...
    Richard Crashaw (1613?-1649), British poet. Music's Duel (l. 142-150). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1600-1660; Vol...
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