Richard was the only son of William Crashaw, a puritan preacher in London who had officiated at the burning of Mary, Queen of Scots. In defiance of his father's views on religion, Crashaw went to a High Church college at Cambridge, Pembroke. He later became a fellow of Peterhouse College but was forced to resign because of his Roman Catholic leanings.
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Richard Crashaw Poems
Divine Epigrams: To our Lord, upon the W...
Thou water turn'st to wine, fair friend of life, Thy foe, to cross the sweet arts of thy reign, Distills from thence the tears of wrath and strife,
An Epitaph upon Husband and Wife
TO these whom death again did wed This grave 's the second marriage-bed. For though the hand of Fate could force 'Twixt soul and body a divorce,
But Men Loved Darkness rather than Light
The world's light shines, shine as it will, The world will love its darkness still.
THY restless feet now cannot go For us and our eternal good, As they were ever wont. What though They swim, alas! in their own flood?
LO here a little volume, but great Book A nest of new-born sweets; Whose native fires disdaining To ly thus folded, and complaining
Lord, when the sense of thy sweet grace Sends up my soul to seek thy face. Thy blessed eyes breed such desire, I dy in love’s delicious Fire.
Now westward Sol had spent the richest beams Of noon's high glory, when, hard by the streams Of Tiber, on the scene of a green plat,
On Mr. G. Herbert's Book, Entitled the T...
Know you fair, on what you look; Divinest love lies in this book, Expecting fire from your eyes, To kindle this his sacrifice.
Divine Epigrams: On the Miracle of the M...
Divine Epigrams: On the Baptized Ethiopi...
Let it no longer be a forlorn hope To wash an Ethiope; He's wash'd, his gloomy skin a peaceful shade, For his white soul is made;
On the Miracle of the Multiplied Loaves
See here an easy feast that knows no wound, That under hunger's teeth will needs be sound; A subtle harvest of unbounded bread,
In the Holy Nativity of our Lord
CHORUS Come we shepherds whose blest sight Hath met love's noon in nature's night; Come lift we up our loftier song
Divine Epigrams: Samson to his Delilah
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Divine Epigrams: To our Lord, upon the Water Made Wine
Thou water turn'st to wine, fair friend of life,
Thy foe, to cross the sweet arts of thy reign,
Distills from thence the tears of wrath and strife,
And so turns wine to water back again.