Divine Epigrams: On the Miracle of the Multiplied Loaves

By Richard Crashaw 1612–1649 Richard Crashaw
See here an easy feast that knows no wound,
         That under hunger’s teeth will needs be sound;
A subtle harvest of unbounded bread,
         What would ye more? Here food itself is fed.

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Poet Richard Crashaw 1612–1649


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Religion, Christianity

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet


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 Religion, Christianity


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Poetic Terms Epigram, Couplet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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