Who is Henry Vaughan

Henry Vaughan (17 April 1621 – 23 April 1695) was a Welsh metaphysical poet, author, translator and physician, who wrote in English. He is chiefly known for the religious poetry contained in Silex Scintillans, published in 1650, with a second part published in 1655. In 1646 his Poems, with the Tenth Satyre of Juvenal Englished was published, followed by a second volume in 1647. Meanwhile, he had been "converted" by reading the religious poet George Herbert and gave up "idle verse". The prose Mount of Olives: or, Solitary Devotions (1652) show the depth of his religious convictions and the authenticity of his poetic genius. Two more volumes of secular verse were published, ostensibly without his sanction; but it is his religious verse that has become acclaimed. He also translate...
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Henry Vaughan Poems

  • Anguish
    My God and King! to Thee
    I bow my knee;
    I bow my troubled soul, and greet
    With my foul heart thy holy feet. ...
  • The Dwelling-place
    John 1:38-39

    What happy secret fountain,
    Fair shade or mountain, ...
  • Son-days
    1

    Bright shadows of true Rest! some shoots of bliss,
    Heaven once a week; ...
  • Childhood
    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, ...
  • 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; ...
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Light 35 I Love You 29 Love 29 God 27 Soul 23 Night 21 Sun 19 Dark 19 Life 19 Earth 18


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  • Allonfire: writers inspirational quotes caesar had perished from the world of men had not his sword been rescued by his pen. - henry vaughan
  • Ham_photos_bot: iorwerth grey lloyd, untitled (portrait of henry robert lloyd, p.c. of kennington, s. july 1866; verso: top, view of kington church from churchyard; bottom, monument to the vaughan family in kington church), 1864-1871
  • War_poets: 26 january 1916 siegfried sassoon includes a verse from henry vaughan’s ‘a song to amoret’ in his diary noting ‘old vaughan the siluriot is the lad for me to-night;’
  • Vaughan_carr: right-wing protesters in canberra lit a fire under our democracy, but did we care? -
  • Welfordwrites: the waterfall, a poem by henry vaughan. a look at a poem by a 17th-century “minor metaphysical” poet who compares drops of water with human souls. click the link!
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