Learn More

Henry Vaughan

(1621 - 23 April 1695 / Brecknockshire, Wales)

As Time One Day by me did Pass


AS Time one day by me did pass,
Through a large dusky glass
He held, I chanc'd to look,
And spied his curious book
Of past days, where sad Heav'n did shed
A mourning light upon the dead.

Many disorder'd lives I saw,
And foul records, which thaw
My kind eyes still, but in
A fair, white page of thin
And ev'n, smooth lines, like the sun's rays,
Thy name was writ, and all thy days.

O bright and happy kalendar !
Where youth shines like a star
All pearl'd with tears, and may
Teach age the holy way ;
Where through thick pangs, high agonies,
Faith into life breaks, and Death dies.

As some meek night-piece which day quails,
To candle-light unveils :
So by one beamy line
From thy bright lamp, did shine
In the same page thy humble grave,
Set with green herbs, glad hopes and brave.

Here slept my thought's dear mark ! which dust
Seem'd to devour, like rust ;
But dust—I did observe—
By hiding doth preserve ;
As we for long and sure recruits,
Candy with sugar our choice fruits.

O calm and sacred bed, where lies
In death's dark mysteries
A beauty far more bright
Than the noon's cloudless light ;
For whose dry dust green branches bud,
And robes are bleach'd in the Lamb's blood.

Sleep, happy ashes !—blessed sleep !—
While hapless I still weep ;
Weep that I have outliv'd
My life, and unreliev'd
Must—soullesse shadow !—so live on,
Though life be dead, and my joys gone.

Submitted: Monday, April 30, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (As Time One Day by me did Pass by Henry Vaughan )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. Alone, Maya Angelou
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  9. Winter Solstice, Jacqueline C Nash
  10. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. My last regret, Eliza Clair
  2. My Hometown Today, Dr Ronnie Bai
  3. Half ajar, Mark Heathcote
  4. Driftwood (II), Dr Ronnie Bai
  5. Indian Egnlish, Where Is It? Who The Spe.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  6. Blankets Of Silence, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Aisle of our hope's, Elvis Airohi
  8. A Little While, Luo Zhihai
  9. Tomb-sweeping Day, Miss Our Grandpa and .., Luo Zhihai
  10. Not Tied To Limits Of Reality, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
[Hata Bildir]