They are all gone into the world of light

They are all gone into the world of light. Henry Vaughan* (1622-1695).  From Silex Scintillans: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations, the second Edition, in two Books; by Henry Vaughan, Silurist (1655). The word ‘Silurist’ refers to the Silures, the ancient inhabitants of South Wales, where Vaughan lived. The second part of this book, with ‘The Authors Preface To the following Hymns, was dated 30 September 1654. It contains a tribute to ‘the blessed man, Mr George Herbert, whose holy life and verse gained many pious converts (of whom I am the least)’; and a declaration of his intention ‘to communicate this my poor Talent to the Church, under the protection and conduct of her glorious...

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