Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, H. SCRIPTURES, by HENRY VAUGHAN

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H. SCRIPTURES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Welcome dear book, soul's joy and food! The feast
Last Line: Will tell thee so; sweet saviour thou didst die!
Alternate Author Name(s): Silurist
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology

Welcome dear book, soul's joy and food! The feast
Of spirits, Heav'n extracted lies in thee;
Thou art life's charter, the Dove's spotless nest
Where souls are hatched unto Eternity.

In thee the hidden stone, the manna lies,
Thou art the great elixir, rare and choice;
The key that opens to all mysteries,
The Word in characters, God in the Voice.

O that I had deep cut in my hard heart
Each line in thee! Then would I plead in groans
Of my Lord's penning, and by sweetest Art
Return upon himself the Law, and stones.
Read here, my faults are thine. This Book and I
Will tell thee so; Sweet Saviour thou didst die!

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