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A LETTER FROM Mr. CRASHAW to the Counteſs of DENBIGH, Againſt Irreſolution and De­lay in matters of RELIGION.




Againſt Irreſolution and Delay in matters of RELIGION.

WHat Heav'n-beſieged Heart is this
Stands Trembling at the Gate of Bliſſe:
Holds faſt the Door, yet dares not venture
Fairly to open and to enter?
Whoſe Definition is, A Doubt
'Twixt Life and Death, 'twixt In and Out.
Ah! linger not, lov'd Soul: A ſlow
And late Conſent was a long No.
Who grants at laſt, a great while try'de,
And did his beſt to have Deny'de.
What Magick-Bolts, what my ſtick Barrs
Maintain the Will in theſe ſtrange Warrs?
What Fatall, yet fantaſtick, Bands
Keep the free Heart from his own Hands?
Say, lingring Fair, why comes the Birth
Of your brave Soul ſo ſlowly forth?
Plead your Pretences, (O you ſtrong
In weakneſſe) why you chuſe ſo long
In Labour of your ſelf to ly,
Not daring quite to Live nor Die.
So when the Year takes cold we ſee
Poor Waters their own Priſoners be:
Fetter'd and lock'd up faſt they lie
In a cold ſelf-captivity.
Th'aſtoniſh'd Nymphs their Floud's ſtrange Fate deplore,
To find themſelves their own ſeverer Shoar.
Love, that lends haſte to heavieſt things,
In you alone hath loſt his wings.
Look round and reade the World's wide face,
The field of Nature or of Grace;
Where can you fix, to find Excuſe
Or Pattern for the Pace you uſe?
Mark with what Faith Fruits anſwer Flowers,
And know the Call of Heav'n's kind ſhowers:
Each mindfull Plant haſts to make good
The hope and promiſe of his Bud.
2Seed-time's not all; there ſhould be Harveſt too.
Alas! and has the Year no Spring for you?
Both Winds and Waters urge their way,
And murmure if they meet a ſtay.
Mark how the curl'd Waves work and wind,
All hating to be left behind.
Each bigge with buſineſſe thruſts the other,
And ſeems to ſay, Make haſte, my Brother.
The aiery nation of neat Doves,
That draw the Chariot of chaſt Loves,
Chide your delay: yea thoſe dull things,
Whoſe wayes have leaſt to doe with wings,
Make wings at leaſt of their own Weight,
And by their Love controll their Fate.
So lumpiſh Steel, untaught to move,
Learn'd firſt his Lightneſſe by his Love.
What e're Love's matter be, he moves
By th'even wings of his own Doves,
Lives by his own Laws, and does hold
In groſſeſt Metalls his own Gold.
All things ſwear friends to Fair and Good,
Yea Suitours; Man alone is wo'ed,
Tediouſly wo'ed, and hardly wone:
Only not ſlow to be undone.
As if the Bargain had been driven
So hardly betwixt Earth and Heaven;
Our God would thrive too faſt, and be
Too much a gainer by't, ſhould we
Our purchaſ'd ſelves too ſoon beſtow
On him, who has not lov'dus ſo.
When love of Us call'd Him to ſee
If wee'd vouchſafe his company,
He left his Father's Court, and came
Lightly as a Lambent Flame,
Leaping upon the Hills, to be
The Humble King of You and Me.
Nor can the cares of his whole Crown
(When one poor Sigh ſends for him down)
Detain him, but he leaves behind
The late wings of the lazy Wind,
3 Spurns the tame Laws of Time and Place,
And breaks through all ten Heav'ns to our embrace.
Yield to his Siege, wiſe Soul, and ſee
Your Triumph in his Victory.
Diſband dull Feares, give Faith the day:
To ſave your Life, kill your Delay.
'Tis Cowardiſe that keeps this Field;
And want of Courage not to Yield.
Yield then, O yield, that Love may win
The Fort at laſt, and let Life in.
Yield quickly, leſt perhaps you prove
Death's Prey, before the Prize of Love.
This Fort of your Fair Self if't be not wone,
He is repulſ'd indeed, but You'r undone.

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TextA letter from Mr. Crashaw to the Countess of Denbigh, against irresolution and delay in matters of religion.
AuthorCrashaw, Richard, 1613?-1649..
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Bibliographic informationA letter from Mr. Crashaw to the Countess of Denbigh, against irresolution and delay in matters of religion. Crashaw, Richard, 1613?-1649.. [1], 3 p. s.n.,[London :1653]. (In verse.) (Imprint from Wing.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "Sept: 23 London. 1653".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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