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Richard Crashaw
Richard Crashaw (c. 1613 - August 25, 1649), English poet, styled "the divine," was part of the Seventeenth-century Metaphysical School of poets. Born in London, Richard Crashaw was the son of a strongly anti-Catholic divine, Dr William Crashaw (1572-1626), who distinguished himself, even in those times, by the excessive acerbity of his writings against the Catholics. In spite of these opinions, however, he was attracted by Catholic devotion, for he translated several Latin hymns of the Jesuits. Richard Crashaw was originally put to school at Charterhouse, but in July 1631 he was admitted to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he took the degree of B.A. in 1634. The publication of Herbert's Temple in 1633 seems to have finally determined the bias of his genius in favour of religious poetry, and next year he published his first book, Epigrammatum sacrorum liber, a volume of Latin verses.

the dark stag
A startled stag, the blue-grey Night,
Leaps down beyond black pines.
Behind--a length ... [read poem]
the canoe
My masters twain made me a bed
Of pine-boughs resinous, and cedar;
Of moss, a soft and gen... [read poem]
the lily bed
His cedar paddle, scented, red,
He thrust down through the lily bed;

Cloaked in a g... [read poem]
malcolm's katie: a love story
Max plac'd a ring on little Katie's hand,
A silver ring that he had beaten out
From that s... [read poem]
but men loved darkness rather than light
The world's light shines, shine as it will,
The world will love its darkness still.
I doub... [read poem]
old spookses' pass
WE'D camped that night on Yaller Bull Flat,--
Thar was Possum Billy, an' To... [read poem]
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