Divine Epigrams: To our Lord, upon the Water Made Wine

By Richard Crashaw 1612–1649 Richard Crashaw
Thou water turn’st to wine, fair friend of life,
         Thy foe, to cross the sweet arts of thy reign,
Distils from thence the tears of wrath and strife,
         And so turns wine to water back again.

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Poet Richard Crashaw 1612–1649


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Christianity, Religion, God & the Divine

Poetic Terms Epigram


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 Christianity, Religion, God & the Divine


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Poetic Terms Epigram

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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