Divine Epigrams: On the Baptized Ethiopian

Original Text: 
Richard Crashaw, Steps to the Temple (1646.) Facs. edn.: Scolar Press, 1970. PR 3386 A75 1970 ROBA.
2      To wash an Ethiope;
3He's wash'd, his gloomy skin a peaceful shade,
4      For his white soul is made;
5And now, I doubt not, the Eternal Dove
6      A black-fac'd house will love.


1] First published in Steps to the Temple, 1646. Some of the epithets were revised in the enlarged edition of 1648, and in Carmen Deo Nostro (1652). There are also earlier Latin versions. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.337.