At the Grave of Henry Vaughan


Above the voiceful windings of a river

An old green slab of simply graven stone

Shuns notice, overshadowed by a yew.

Here Vaughan lies dead, whose name flows on for ever

Through pastures of the spirit washed with dew

And starlit with eternities unknown.

Here sleeps the Silurist; the loved physician;

The face that left no portraiture behind;

The skull that housed white angels and had vision

Of daybreak through the gateways of the mind.

 Here faith and mercy, wisdom and humility

 (Whose influence shall prevail for evermore)

 Shine. And this lowly grave tells Heaven's tranquillity

 And here stand I, a suppliant at the door.

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