Henry Vaughan

(1621 - 23 April 1695 / Brecknockshire, Wales)

Vain Wits And Eyes - Poem by Henry Vaughan

VAIN wits and eyes
Leave, and be wise :
Abuse not, shun not holy fire,
But with true tears wash off your mire.
Tears and these flames will soon grow kind,
And mix an eye-salve for the blind.
Tears cleanse and supple without fail,
And fire will purge your callous veil,
Then comes the light ! which when you spy,
And see your nakedness thereby,
Praise Him, Who dealt His gifts so free
In tears to you, in fire to me.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 16, 2010



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