Vaughan, Henry, M.D., commonly called "The Silurist," was one of twin brothers born of a titled family at Newton, Llansaintffiad, in 1621. After studying under the Rev. Matthew Herbert, Rector of Llangattock, he proceeded to Jesus College, Oxford, in 1638; but through the national troubles of those days, his studies, in common with those of his brother, were interrupted, and they had to leave the University. Subsequently he entered the medical profession, and practised at Brecon and at Newton. He died April 23, 1695. His published works include, Poems with the Tenth Satire of Juvenal Englished, 1646; Olor Iscanus, 1651; The Mount of Olives, 1652, &c. As a religious poet he followed very closely the peculiarities of George Herbert, of whose… Go to person page >
Bright shadows of true rest. H. Vaughan. [Sundays.] From the first part of his Silex Scintillans, 1650, where it is headed "Son-Days." It is in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and has been reprinted in the modern editions of Vaughan's work, as also in various selections of sacred poetry. In Dr. Martineau's Hymns of Prayer and Praise, 1873, it is No. 785. Original text, Aldine edition of Vaughan, London, 1883, p. 97.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)