Divine Epigrams: On the Baptized Ethiopian

By Richard Crashaw 1612–1649 Richard Crashaw
Let it no longer be a forlorn hope
         To wash an Ethiope;
He’s wash’d, his gloomy skin a peaceful shade,
         For his white soul is made;
And now, I doubt not, the Eternal Dove
         A black-fac’d house will love.

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Poet Richard Crashaw 1612–1649

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Social Commentaries, Religion, Christianity, Race & Ethnicity

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet

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The intense and intimate depiction of Richard Crashaw that prefaces his English volumes of poetry (Steps to the Temple, 1646, enlarged 1648) is also a candlelit window that opens on his soul. To look through this window is to discover Crashaw in the state of unruffled devotion which is presented as the hub of his poetic genius.

Reader, we stile his Sacred Poems, Stepps to the Temple, and aptly, for in the Temple of God, under . . .

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Religion, Christianity, Race & Ethnicity

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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