Henry Vaughan Poems

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Henry Vaughan
Henry Vaughan (April 17, 1622 − April 28, 1695) was a Welsh metaphysical poet and a Doctor. Vaughan was born to Thomas Vaughan (himself son of writer and colonial investor William Vaughan) and Denise Morgan in at 'Trenewydd', Newton, in Breconshire, Wales. He spent most of his life in the village of Llansantffraed, near Brecon, where he is also buried. Vaughan had a twin brother, the hermetic philosopher and alchemist Thomas Vaughan. Both Henry and his twin Thomas were schooled locally by the Rector of Llangattock, the Rev. Matthew Herbert. Their education with Herbert proceeded for six years preceding their attendance at Jesus College, Oxford in 1638. However, around 1640 Vaughan's family agreed that law would be a career of great promise for Henry. It appears as though Vaughan complied with no resistance (Calhoun, 39). He never took his Oxford degree, entering the law instead.

christ's nativity
Awake, glad heart! get up and sing!
It is the birth-day of thy King.
Awake! awake!... [read poem]
spring giddiness
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study... [read poem]
the tavern
All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed... [read poem]
Consider the difference
in our actions and God's actions.

We often ask, "Why did you... [read poem]
where everything is music
Don't worry about saving these songs!
And if one of our instruments breaks,
it doesn't mat... [read poem]
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