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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Dies Irae

Richard Crashaw (1612?–1649)
.. O, 1 that Fire! before whose face
Heav’n and earth shall find no place:
O, those Eyes! whose angry light
Must be the day of that dread Night …
But Thou giv’st leave, dread Lord, that we        5
Take shelter from Thyself in Thee;
And with the wings of thine own dove
Fly to thy sceptre of soft love.
Dear, remember in that day
Who was the cause Thou cam’st this way:        10
Thy sheep was stray’d, and Thou wouldst be
Even lost Thyself in seeking me!
Shall all that labour, all that cost
Of love, and ev’n that loss, be lost?
And this lov’d soul judg’d worth no less        15
Than all that way and weariness?..
O, when thy last frown shall proclaim
The flocks of goats to folds of flame,
And all thy lost sheep found shall be,
Let ‘Come ye blessed’ then call me!        20
Note 1. Crashaw. From his version of the Dies Irae in ‘Sacred Poems’, 1652. The conceits in this extract do not lower the passion. [back]

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