Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE DWELLING-PLACE, by HENRY VAUGHAN

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THE DWELLING-PLACE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: What happy, secret fountain
Last Line: My god, I mean my sinful heart.
Alternate Author Name(s): Silurist

What happy, secret fountain,
Fair shade, or mountain,
Whose undiscovered virgin glory
Boasts it this day, though not in story,
Was then thy dwelling? did some cloud
Fixed to a tent, descend and shroud
My distressed Lord? or did a star
Beckoned by thee, though high and far,
In sparkling smiles haste gladly down
To lodge light, and increase her own?
My dear, dear God! I do not know
What lodged thee then, nor where, nor how;
But I am sure, thou dost now come
Oft to a narrow, homely room,
Where thou too hast but the least part,
My God, I mean my sinful heart.

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