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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Henry Vaughan
 
114. Quickness
 
FALSE life! a foil and no more, when 
                Wilt thou be gone? 
Thou foul deception of all men 
That would not have the true come on. 
  
Thou art a Moon-like toil; a blinde         5
                Self-posing state; 
A dark contest of waves and winde; 
A meer tempestuous debate. 
  
Life is a fix'd, discerning light, 
                A knowing Joy;  10
No chance, or fit: but ever bright, 
And calm and full, yet doth not cloy. 
  
'Tis such a blissful thing, that still 
                Doth vivifie, 
And shine and smile, and hath the skill  15
To please without Eternity. 
  
Thou art a toylsom Mole, or less, 
                A moving mist; 
But life is, what none can express, 
A quickness, which my God hath kist.  20
 
 
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