Richard Crashaw

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

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


  • 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

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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