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(1621 - 23 April 1695 / Brecknockshire, Wales)

Henry Vaughan
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Henry Vaughan was a Welsh physician and metaphysical poet.

Vaughan and his twin brother the hermetic philosopher and alchemist Thomas Vaughan, were the sons of Thomas Vaughan and his wife Denise (née Morgan) of 'Trenewydd', Newton, in Brecknockshire, Wales. Their grandfather, William, was the owner of Tretower Court.

Vaughan spent most of his life in the village of Llansantffraed, near Brecon, where he is also buried.

Early Life

Both Henry and his twin Thomas were schooled locally by the rector of Llangattock (Crickhowell), the Rev. Matthew Herbert. This occupied six years preceding their attendance at Jesus College, Oxford, England in 1638.... more »

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  • ''I saw Eternity the other night,
    Like a great ring of pure and endless light,''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. The World (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed...
  • Yet some, who all this while did weep and sing,
    And sing and weep, soared up into the ring;
    But most would use no wing.
    O fools, said I, thus to prefer dark night
    Before tr...
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. The World (l. 46-50). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ...
  • ''They are all gone into the world of light!
    And I alone sit ling'ring here;''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. They Are All Gone into the World of Light (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allis...
  • ''Either disperse these mists, which blot and fill
    My perspective, still, as they pass:
    Or else remove me hence unto that hill
    Where I shall need no glass.''
    Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Welsh poet. They Are All Gone into the World of Light (l. 37-40). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. All...
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  • Melissa Anderson (11/10/2013 11:29:00 AM)

    The picture is not Henry Vaughan, it's John Donne

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