A Serious And Pathetical Contemplation Of The Mercies Of God By Thomas Traherne

A Serious And Pathetical Contemplation Of The Mercies Of God For all the mysteries, engines, instruments, wherewith the world is filled, which we are able…

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Shadows In The Water By Thomas Traherne

Shadows In The Water In unexperienced infancy Many a sweet mistake doth lie: Mistake though false, intending true; A seeming somewhat more than view; That…

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In Salem Dwelt A Glorious King By Thomas Traherne

In Salem Dwelt A Glorious King 1 In Salem dwelt a glorious King, Raised from a shepherd’s lowly state; That did His praises like an…

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Wonder By Thomas Traherne

Wonder How like an angel came I down! How bright are all things here! When first among his works I did appear O how their…

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That Childish Thoughts Such Joys Inspire By Thomas Traherne

That Childish Thoughts Such Joys Inspire 1 That childish thoughts such joys inspire, Doth make my wonder, and His glory higher, His bounty, and my…

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His Power Bounded, Greater Is His Might By Thomas Traherne

His Power Bounded, Greater Is His Might His Power bounded, greater is in might, Than if let loose, ’twere wholly infinite. He could have made…

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An Hymn Upon St. Bartholomew’s Day By Thomas Traherne

An Hymn Upon St. Bartholomew’s Day What powerful Spirit lives within! What active Angel doth inhabit here! What heavenly light inspires my skin, Which doth…

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Silence (Excerpt) By Thomas Traherne

Silence (Excerpt) ……. An unperceived donor gave all pleasures; There nothing was but I, and all my treasures. In that fair world, One only was…

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In Making Bodies Love Could Not Express By Thomas Traherne

In Making Bodies Love Could Not Express In making bodies Love could not express Itself, or art, unless it made them less. O what a…

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The Recovery By Thomas Traherne

The Recovery To see us but receive, is such a sight As makes His treasures infinite! Because His goodness doth possess In us, His own,…

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Right Apprehension By Thomas Traherne

Right Apprehension Give but to things their true esteem, And those which now so vile and worthless seem Will so much fill and please the…

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Dumbness By Thomas Traherne

Dumbness Sure Man was born to meditate on things, And to contemplate the eternal springs Of God and Nature, glory, bliss, and pleasure; That life…

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The Salutation By Thomas Traherne

The Salutation These little limbs, These eyes and hands which here I find, These rosy cheeks wherewith my life begins, Where have ye been? behind…

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Sin By Thomas Traherne

Sin 1 Sin! O only fatal woe, That mak’st me sad and mourning go! That all my joys dost spoil, His Kingdom and my Soul…

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Desire By Thomas Traherne

Desire For giving me desire, An eager thirst, a burning ardent fire, A virgin infant flame, A love with which into the world I came,…

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The Approach By Thomas Traherne

The Approach 1 That childish thoughts such joys inspire, Doth make my wonder, and His glory higher, His bounty, and my wealth .more great It…

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Poverty By Thomas Traherne

Poverty As in the house I sate, Alone and desolate, No creature but the fire and I, The chimney and the stool, I lift mine…

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Eden By Thomas Traherne

Eden A learned and a happy ignorance Divided me From all the vanity, From all the sloth, care, pain, and sorrow that advance The madness…

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The Rapture By Thomas Traherne

The Rapture Sweet Infancy! O fire of heaven! O sacred Light How fair and bright, How great am I, Whom all the world doth magnify!…

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Love By Thomas Traherne

Love O Nectar! O delicious stream! O ravishing and only pleasure! Where Shall such another theme Inspire my tongue with joys or please mine ear!…

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Aspiration (Excerpt) By Thomas Traherne

Aspiration (Excerpt) Unto the spring of purest life Aspires my withered heart, My soul confined in this flesh Employs both strength and art, Working, struggling,…

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The Preparative By Thomas Traherne

The Preparative My Body being Dead, my Limbs unknown; Before I skilled [sic] to prize Those living Stars mine Eyes, Before my Tongue or Cheeks…

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News By Thomas Traherne

News News from a foreign country came, As if my treasures and my joys lay there; So much it did my heart inflame, ‘Twas wont…

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A Thanksgiving And Prayer For The Nation By Thomas Traherne

A Thanksgiving And Prayer For The Nation From A Serious and Pathetical Contemplation of the Mercies of God O Lord, the children of my people…

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The Apostasy By Thomas Traherne

The Apostasy One star Is better far Than many precious stones; One sun, which is by its own luster seen, Is worth ten thousand golden…

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Innocence By Thomas Traherne

Innocence But that which most I wonder at, which most I did esteem my bliss, which most I boast, And ever shall enjoy, is that…

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Walking By Thomas Traherne

Walking To walk abroad is, not with eyes, But thoughts, the fields to see and prize; Else may the silent feet, Like logs of wood,…

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The Anticipation By Thomas Traherne

The Anticipation My contemplation dazzles in the End Of all I comprehend, And soars above all heights, Diving into the depths of all delights. Can…

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On Leaping Over The Moon By Thomas Traherne

On Leaping Over The Moon I saw new worlds beneath the water lie, New people; ye, another sky And sun, which seen by day Might…

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A Life Of Sabbaths Here Beneath By Thomas Traherne

A Life Of Sabbaths Here Beneath 1 A life of Sabbaths here beneath! Continual jubilees and joys! The days of Heaven, while we breathe On…

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Joyful Sense And Purity By Thomas Traherne

Joyful Sense And Purity The Prospect was the Gate of Heaven, that Day The ancient Light of Eden did convey Into my Soul: I was…

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