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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Henry Vaughan
 
107. ROM. CAP. 8. VER. 19.
Etenim res Creatæ exerto Capite observantes expectant revelationem Filiorum Dei
 
AND do they so? have they a Sense 
    Of ought but Influence? 
Can they their heads lift, and expect, 
    And grone too? why th'Elect 
Can do no more: my volumes sed         5
    They were all dull, and dead, 
They judg'd them senslesse, and their state 
    Wholly Inanimate. 
    Go, go; Seal up thy looks, 
        And burn thy books.  10
  
I would I were a stone, or tree, 
    Or flowre by pedigree, 
Or some poor high-way herb, or Spring 
    To flow, or bird to sing! 
Then should I (tyed to one sure state,)  15
    All day expect my date; 
But I am sadly loose, and stray 
    A giddy blast each way; 
    O let me not thus range! 
        Thou canst not change.  20
  
Sometimes I sit with thee, and tarry 
    An hour, or so, then vary. 
Thy other Creatures in this Scene 
    Thee only aym, and mean; 
Some rise to seek thee, and with heads  25
    Erect peep from their beds; 
Others, whose birth is in the tomb, 
    And cannot quit the womb, 
    Sigh there, and grone for thee, 
        Their liberty.  30
  
O let not me do lesse! shall they 
    Watch, while I sleep, or play? 
Shall I thy mercies still abuse 
    With fancies, friends, or newes? 
O brook it not! thy bloud is mine,  35
    And my soul should be thine; 
O brook it not! why wilt thou stop 
    After whole showres one drop? 
    Sure, thou wilt joy to see 
        Thy sheep with thee.  40
 
 
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