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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  • Welfordwrites: the retreat, a poem by henry vaughan. a look at a 17th-century "metaphysical" poem that sees the soul as having existed before one is born and survives after one's death. click the link!
  • Neilfinlayson: in the mid-70s i started to visit rev mcphail’s manse in ness to listen to the awesome sounds of fred frith and henry cow through dai and jenni vaughan’s floor-to-ceiling speakers. it instilled in me an abiding love for the english avant-garde
  • Allonfire: writers inspirational quotes caesar had perished from the world of men had not his sword been rescued by his pen. - henry vaughan
  • Tees_issues: historic middlesbrough this building was once the homes of ironmasters henry bolckow & john vaughan - 2 of my predecessors as mbro mayor. bolckow was also the town’s first mp. the building is now offices called plenary bv house.
  • Allonfire: writers inspirational quotes caesar had perished from the world of men had not his sword been rescued by his pen. - henry vaughan
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