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Poem by Richard Crashaw


The Tear


What bright soft thing is this?
    Sweet Mary, the fair eyes expense?
    A moist spark it is,
    A watry diamond; from whence
The very term, I think, was found
The water of a diamond.

    O tis not a tear,
Tis a star about to drop
From thine eye its sphere;
   The sun will stoop and take it up.
Proud will his sister be to wear
This thine eyes jewel in her ear.

    O tis a tear
Too true a tear; for no sad eyne,
    How sad so ere,
Rain so true a teare as thine;
Each drop leaving a place so dear,
Weeps for itself, is its own tear.

    Such a pearl as this is,
   (Slipped from Auroras dewy breast)
The rose buds sweet lip kisses;
   And such the rose itself, when vexed
With ungentle flames, does shed,
Sweating in too warm a bed.

    Such the maiden gem,
   By the wanton spring put on,
Peeps from her parent stem,
   And blushes on the manly sun:
This watry blossom of thy eyne,
Ripe, will make the richer wine.

    Faire drop, why quakst thou so?
Cause thou straight must lay thy head
    In the dust? o no;
   The dust shall never be thy bed:
A pillow for thee will I bring,
Stuffed with down of angels wing.

    Thus carried up on high,
(For to Heaven thou must go)
    Sweetly shalt thou lie
And in soft slumbers bathe thy woe;
Till the singing orbs awake thee,
And one of their bright chorus make thee.

    There thy self shalt be
An eye, but not a weeping one,
    Yet I doubt of thee,
Whether thhadst rather there have shone
An eye of Heaven; or still shine here,
In thHeaven of Marys eye, a tear.



Richard Crashaw


Richard Crashaw's other poems:
  1. On the Prodigal
  2. On Mr. G. Herbert's Book
  3. Christ Crucified
  4. In the Holy Nativity of our Lord
  5. Wishes to his (Supposed) Mistress


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • George Byron The Tear ("When Friendship or Love")

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