The Works of Henry Vaughan - Vol. 2

The Works of Henry Vaughan - Vol. 2

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The Works of Henry Vaughan - Vol. 2

The Works of Henry Vaughan - Vol. 2

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That this Kingdom hath abounded with those ingenious persons, which in the late notion are termed Wits, is too well known. Many of them having cast away all their fair portion of time, in no better imployments, then a deliberate search, or excogitation of idle words, and a most vain, insatiable desire to be reputed Poets; leaving behinde them no other Monuments of those excellent abilities conferred upon them, but such as they may (with a Predecessor of theirs) term Parricides, and a soul-killing Issue; for that is the Βραβεῖον, and Laureate Crown, which idle 10 Poems will certainly bring to their unrelenting Authors.

And well it were for them, if those willingly-studied and wilfully-published vanities could defile no spirits, but their own; but the case is far worse. These Vipers survive their Parents, and for many ages after (like Epidemic diseases) infect whole Generations, corrupting always and unhallowing the best-gifted Souls, and the most capable Vessels: for whose sanctification and well-fare, the glorious Son of God laid down his life, and suffered the pretious blood of his blessed and innocent heart to be poured out. In the mean time it cannot be denyed, but these men are 20 had in remembrance, though we cannot say with any comfort, Their memorial is blessed; for, that I may speak no more then the truth (let their passionate worshippers say what they please) all the commendations that can be justly given them, will amount to no more, then what Prudentius the Christian-sacred Poet bestowed upon Symmachus;

Os dignum æterno tinctum quod fulgeat auro
Si mallet laudare deum: cui sordida monstra
Prætulit, & liquidam temeravit crimine vocem;
Haud aliter, quàm cum rastris qui tentat eburnis
30 Cænosum versare solum, &c. -----

Preface and texts (page 393) only in 1655.

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