Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FAITH, by HENRY VAUGHAN

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First Line: Bright and blest beam! Whose strong projection
Last Line: Doth answer, live.
Alternate Author Name(s): Silurist
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed

Bright and blest beam! whose strong projection
Equal to all,
Reacheth as well things of dejection
As th' high and tall;
How hath my God by raying thee
Inlarged his spouse,
And of a private family
Made open house!
All may be now co-heirs; no noise
Of bond, or free
Can interdict us from those joys
That wait on thee,
The Law and Ceremonies made
A glorious night,
Where stars and clouds, both light and shade
Had equal right;
But, as in nature, when the day
Breaks, night adjourns,
Stars shut up shop, mists pack away,
And the moon mourns;
So when the Sun of righteousness
Did once appear,
That scene was changed, and a new dress
Left for us here;
Veils became useless, altars fell,
Fires smoking die;
And all that sacred pomp and shell
Of things did fly;
Then did he shine forth, whose sad fall
And bitter fights
Were figured in those mystical
And cloudy rites;
And as i' th' natural sun, these three,
Light, motion, heat,
So are now Faith, Hope, Charity
Through him complete;
Faith spans up bliss; what sin and death
Put us quite from,
Lest we should run for't out of breath,
Faith brings us home;
So that I need no more, but say
I do believe,
And my most loving Lord straightway
Doth answer, Live.

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