Richard Crashaw

Divine Epigrams: On the Baptized Ethiopian

Richard Crashaw, was an English poet, styled "the divine," and known as one of the central figures associated with the Metaphysical poets in 17th Century English literature. The son of a prominent Puritan minister, Crashaw was educated at Charterhouse School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. After t…






Let it no longer be a forlorn hope
  To wash an Ethiope;
  He's wash'd, his gloomy skin a peaceful shade,
  For his white soul is made;
  And now, I doubt not, the Eternal Dove
  A black-fac'd house will love.Credits and CopyrightTogether with the editors, the Department ofEnglish (University of Toronto), and the University of Toronto Press,the following individuals share copyright for the work that wentinto this edition:Screen Design (Electronic Edition): Sian Meikle (University ofToronto Library)Scanning: Sharine Leung (Centre for Computing in the Humanities)

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