Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 41. Quickness
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
41. Quickness
By Henry Vaughan  (1621–1695)
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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