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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
39. The Knot
By Henry Vaughan  (1621–1695)
BRIGHT Queen of Heaven! Gods Virgin Spouse
  The glad worlds blessed maid!
Whose beauty tyed life to thy house,
  And brought us saving ayd.
Thou art the true Loves-knot; by thee        5
  God is made our Allie,
And mans inferior Essence he
  With his did dignifie.
For Coalescent by that Band
  We are his body grown,       10
Nourished with favors from his hand
  Whom for our head we own.
And such a Knot, what arm dares loose,
  What life, what death can sever?
Which us in him, and him in us       15
  United keeps for ever.



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