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RICHARD CRASHAW
English poet and priest
(1613? - 1649)

A thin aerial veil is drawn o'er beauty's face, seeming to hide, more sweetly shows the blushing bride.
      - [Bride]

Dear hope! earth's dowry and heav'n's debt,
  The entity of things that are not yet
    Subtlest, but surest thing.
      - [Hope]

Eyes that displace the neighbor diamond, and outface that sunshine by their own sweet grace.
      - [Eyes]

Locked up from mortal eye in shady leaves of destiny.
      - [Future]

Nothing speaks our grief so well as to speak nothing.
      - [Grief]

O mighty nothing! unto thee,
  Nothing, we owe all things that be;
    God spake once when He all things made,
      He saved all when He nothing said,
        The world was made of nothing then;
          'Tis made by nothing now again.
      - [Nothing]

And I, what is my crime I cannot tell,
  Vnless it be a crime to haue lou'd too well.
      - Alexias [Love]

Heaven's great artillery.
      - Flaming Heart (l. 56) [Love]

She'l bargain with them; and will giue
  Them GOD; teach them how to liue
    In him; or if they this deny,
      For him she'l teach them how to Dy.
      - Hymn to the Name and Honor of Saint Teresa
        [Death]

A happy soul, that all the way
  To heaven hath a summer's day.
      - In Praise of Lessius' Rule of Health
         (l. 33) [Soul]

Love's great artillery.
      - Prayer (l. 18) [Love]

Thou water turn'st to wine, fair friend of life;
  Thy foe, to cross the sweet arts of Thy reign,
    Distils from thence the tears of wrath and strife,
      And so turns wine to water back again.
      - Steps to the Temple--To Our Lord upon the Water Made Wine
        [Miracles]

The conscious water saw its God and blushed.
      - Translation of His Own Epigram on the Miracle of Cana--St. John's Gospel
         (ch. II) [Wine and Spirits]

Life, that dares send
  A challenge to his end,
    And when it comes, say, "Welcome, friend!"
      - Wished to his (Supposed) Mistress (st. 29)
        [Death]

Tresses, that wear
  Jewels, but to declare
    How much themselves more precious are.
      - Wishes to his (supposed) Mistress [Hair]

Whoe'er she be,
  That not impossible she,
    That shall command my heart and me.
      - Wishes to his (Supposed) Mistress [Women]

Days that need borrow
  No part of their good morrow,
    From a fore-spent night of sorrow.
      - Wishes to his (Supposed) Mistress (st. 27)
        [Day : Today]

Eyes, that displaces
  The neighbor diamond, and out-faces
    That sun-shine by their own sweet graces.
      - Wishes--To his (Supposed) Mistress [Eyes]

Mighty Love's artillery.
      - Wounds of the Lord Jesus (l. 2) [Love]


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