Richard Crashaw

English poet and cleric (c.1613 – 1649)

Richard Crashaw (c. 161321 August 1649) English poet, styled "the divine," was part of the Seventeenth-century Metaphysical School of poets.

Title page of Crashaw's Steps to the Temple (1646) which was published during Crashaw's exile

Quotes edit

  • Love's great artillery.
    • Prayer L18
  • The conscious water saw its God and blushed.
    • Epigrammatum sacrorum liber (1634). Translated by John Dryden from Crashaw's Latin original: "Nympha pudica Deum vidit, et erubuit (The modest Nymph saw the god, and blushed)", Complete works of Richard Crashaw (1872), edited by Alexander B. Grosart, vol. 2, p. 96.
  • A happy soul, that all the way
    To heaven hath a summer’s day.
    • In Praise of Lessius’s Rule of Health, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • The modest front of this small floor,
    Believe me, reader, can say more
    Than many a braver marble can,—
    “Here lies a truly honest man!”
    • Epitaph upon Mr. Ashton, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • 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; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 516.

Wishes for the Supposed Mistress edit

Quotes reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Whoe’er she be,
    That not impossible she,
    That shall command my heart and me.
  • Where’er she lie,
    Locked up from mortal eye,
    In shady leaves of destiny.
  • Days that need borrow
    No part of their good morrow
    From a fore-spent night of sorrow.
  • Life that dares send
    A challenge to his end,
    And when it comes, say, Welcome, friend!
  • Sydneian showers
    Of sweet discourse, whose powers
    Can crown old Winter’s head with flowers.

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