Gloomy night embraced the place

Gloomy night embraced the place

Author: Richard Crashaw
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Author: Richard Crashaw

Crashaw, Richard, son of the Rev. William Crashaw, was educated at the Charter House and Pembroke Hall, and Peterhouse, Cambridge. Of the latter college he became a Fellow, and distinguished himself both in Latin and English poetry. In common with many others he was ejected from his Fellowship for refusing the Covenant. Entering the Roman Communion he went to Paris, seeking preferment. Failing for a time, he was assisted by Cowley, the poet, in 1646, and by him recommended to Queen Henrietta Maria, who was then residing in Paris. Under her patronage he travelled in Italy, and subsequently became a Canon in the Church of Loreto. Died in 1650. Prior to his leaving England he wrote his Steps to the Temple, 1646, in which are given versions of… Go to person page >

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Author: Richard Crashaw

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The gloomy night embraced the place. R. Crashaw. [Christmas.] This, in the Arundel Hymns, 1902, is a cento from a carol in Crashaw's Steps to the Temple. In the ed. of 1646, p. 28, it is entitled "A Hymne of the Nativity, sung by the Shepheards," and begins "Come wee Shepheards who have seene"; in the ed. of 1648, p. 43, and in his Carmen Deo Nostro, 1652, p. 13, it begins "Come we shepheards whose blest Sight." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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