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Peace
by Henry Vaughan

Welsh poet. His most important book is the collection of religious verse Silex Scintillans ['Shining Flint'], first issued in 1650, and enlarged in 1655. Poems such as 'Regeneration', 'The World' and 'They Are All Gone into the World of Light' embody an unusually intense spiritual vision, and his feeling for the natural world gives his best work a vividly immediate quality. His religious convictions are also developed in the prose works The Mount of Olives: or, Solitary Devotions (1652) and Flores Solitudinis (1654).


Peace
by Henry Vaughan

My soul, there is a country
Far beyond the stars
Where stands a winged sentry
All skilful in the wars:
There, above noise and danger,
Sweet peace sits crowned with smiles,
And One born in a manger
Commands the beauteous files.
He is thy gracious friend,
And (O my soul, awake!)
Did in pure love descend
To die here for thy sake.
If thou canst get but thither,
There grows the flower of peace,
The rose that cannot wither,
Thy fortress, and thy ease.
Leave then thy foolish ranges;
For none can thee secure
But One, who never changes,
Thy God, thy life, thy cure.


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