The Evening-Watch: A Dialogue

Original Text: 
Henry Vaughan, Silex Scintillans (1650). Scolar Press, 1970. PR 3669 R2 1680AC ROBA.
BODY
1     Farewell! I go to sleep; but when
2     The day-star springs, I'll wake again.
SOUL
3     Go, sleep in peace; and when thou liest
4Unnumber'd in thy dust, when all this frame
5Is but one dram, and what thou now descriest
6     In sev'ral parts shall want a name,
7Then may his peace be with thee, and each dust
8Writ in his book, who ne'er betray'd man's trust!
BODY
9     Amen! but hark, ere we two stray
10     How many hours dost think 'till day?
SOUL
11     Ah go; th'art weak, and sleepy. Heav'n
12Is a plain watch, and without figures winds
13All ages up; who drew this circle, even
14     He fills it; days and hours are blinds.
15Yet this take with thee. The last gasp of time
16Is thy first breath, and man's eternal prime.
Publication Start Year: 
1650
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.371-72.