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Selected Poetry of Henry Vaughan (1622?-1695)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

I saw Eternity the other night,
Like a great ring of pure and endless light,
All calm, as it was bright
        (The World, 1-3)
  1. Christ's Nativity
  2. The Evening-Watch: A Dialogue
  3. I Walk'd the Other Day
  4. The Morning-Watch
  5. Peace
  6. The Retreat
  7. The Revival
  8. The Star
  9. They are all Gone into the World of Light
  10. The Water-fall
  11. The World

Notes on Life and Works

The poems by Vaughan printed here are from Silex Scintillans ("Sparkling Flint") 1655, but all except "The Star," "They are all gone into the world of Light," and "The Water-Fall" were first published in a 1650 edition of Silex Scintillans to which a second part was added in 1655.

Biographical information

Given name: Henry
Family name: Vaughan
Birth date: 17 April 1622?
Death date: 23 April 1695
Nationality: Welsh
Family relations
          father: Thomas Vaughan
          wife: Catherine Vaughan
          wife: Elizabeth Vaughan
          brother: Thomas Vaughan
          son: Henry Vaughan
          son: Thomas Vaughan
          daughter: Catherine Vaughan
          daughter: Frances Vaughan
          daughter: Grizel Vaughan
          daughter: Lucy Vaughan
          daughter: Lucy Vaughan
          daughter: Rachael Vaughan
Education: Jesus College, Oxford: 1638
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Occupation: Physician
          Newton-by-Usk, Llansaintffraed, Brecknockshire: 1622
Buried at: Llansaintffraed churchyard
First RPO edition: 1997