Henry Vaughan

Brecknockshire, Wales
Henry Vaughan
Brecknockshire, Wales

Childhood

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I cannot reach it; and my striving eye
Dazzles at it, as at eternity.
Were now that chronicle alive,
Those white designs which children drive,
And the thoughts of each harmless hour,
With their content, too, in my power,
Quickly would I make my path even,
And by mere playing go to heaven.

Why should men love
A wolf more than a lamb or dove?
Or choose hell-fire and brimstone streams
Before bright stars and God's own beams?
Who kisseth thorns will hurt his face,
But flowers do both refresh and grace,
And sweetly living - fie on men! -
Are, when dead, medicinal then;
If seeing much should make staid eyes,
And long experience should make wise,
Since all that age doth teach is ill,
Why should I not love childhood still?
Why, if I see a rock or shelf,
Shall I from thence cast down myself?
Or by complying with the world,
From the same precipice be hurled?
Those observations are but foul
Which make me wise to lose my soul.

And yet the practice worldlings call
Business, and weighty action all,
Checking the poor child for his play,
But gravely cast themselves away.

Dear, harmless age! the short, swift span
Where weeping Virtue parts with man;
Where love without lust dwells, and bends
What way we please without self-ends.

An age of mysteries! which he
Must live twice that would God's face see;
Which angels guard, and with it play,
Angels! which foul men drive away.

How do I study now, and scan
Thee more than e'er I studied man,
And only see through a long night
Thy edges and thy bordering light!
Oh for thy center and midday!
For sure that is the narrow way!
Friday, April 16, 2010
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Khairul Ahsan 12 July 2018
A poem written about four centuries ago, still so relevant!
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Ruta Mohapatra 12 July 2018
'Since all that age doth teach is ill, Why should I not love childhood still? '.........Thought provoking lines!
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Damilola Victor 12 July 2018
Dear harmless age Beautiful
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Mahtab Bangalee 12 July 2018
wow the excel of writings- Dear, harmless age! the short, swift span Where weeping Virtue parts with man; Where love without dwells, and bends What way we please without self-ends. nice and so thoughtful stanza- ///// Yeah - the harmless age is too short -in this age live all good, virtue, love, magnanimity, humanity - this is philanthropic age and we lose it blindly by ourselves...................
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Bernard F. Asuncion 13 July 2017
And long experience should make wise, ...thanks for posting??
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Ratnakar Mandlik 12 July 2017
An unique portrayal of childhood and how it should be enjoyed.
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James Mclain 12 July 2017
The strongest empath daily See's and feels what children do each day.. iip
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Seamus O Brian 12 July 2017
The author presents a lengthy argument for what? The impossible recapitulation of childhood? I suppose the first line is my answer, that he acknowledges the impossibility of such a thought, which renders the rest of the work an ode to that which has been forever lost. Clever rhyming and word constructs, but the whole piece seems too weighty for its own subject, but that perhaps is a dynamic of the author's time.
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