Thomas Traherne
That Childish Thoughts Such Joys Inspire by Thomas Traherne

That Childish Thoughts Such Joys Inspire by Thomas Traherne

1 That childish thoughts such joys inspire, Doth make my wonder, and His glory higher, His bounty, and my wealth .more great It chews His Kingdom, and His work complete. In ...

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The Recovery by Thomas Traherne

The Recovery by Thomas Traherne

To see us but receive, is such a sightAs makes His treasures infinite!Because His goodness doth possessIn us, His own, and our own blessedness.Yea, more, His love doth take ...

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Eden by Thomas Traherne

Eden by Thomas Traherne

A learned and a happy ignoranceDivided meFrom all the vanity,From all the sloth, care, pain, and sorrow that advanceThe madness and the miseryOf men. No error, no distraction ISaw ...

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

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

What powerful Spirit lives within! What active Angel doth inhabit here! What heavenly light inspires my skin, Which doth so like a Deity appear! A living Temple of all ages, I ...

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Shadows In The Water by Thomas Traherne

Shadows In The Water by Thomas Traherne

In unexperienced infancyMany a sweet mistake doth lie:Mistake though false, intending true;A seeming somewhat more than view; That doth instruct the mind In things that lie ...

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In Making Bodies Love Could Not Express by Thomas Traherne

In Making Bodies Love Could Not Express by Thomas Traherne

In making bodies Love could not expressItself, or art, unless it made them less.O what a monster had in man been seen,Had every thumb or toe a mountain been!What worlds must he ...

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Innocence by Thomas Traherne

Innocence by Thomas Traherne

But that which most I wonder at, which mostI did esteem my bliss, which most I boast,And ever shall enjoy, is that withinI felt no stain, nor spot of sin.No darkness then did ...

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The Apostasy by Thomas Traherne

The Apostasy by Thomas Traherne

One star Is better far Than many precious stones; One sun, which is by its own luster seen, Is worth ten thousand golden thrones; A juicy herb, or spire of grass, In useful ...

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The Salutation by Thomas Traherne

The Salutation by Thomas Traherne

These little limbs,These eyes and hands which here I find,These rosy cheeks wherewith my life begins,Where have ye been? behindWhat curtain were ye from me hid so long?Where was, ...

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The Approach by Thomas Traherne

The Approach by Thomas Traherne

1That childish thoughts such joys inspire,Doth make my wonder, and His glory higher, His bounty, and my wealth .more greatIt chews His Kingdom, and His work complete. In which ...

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News by Thomas Traherne

News by Thomas Traherne

News from a foreign country came,As if my treasures and my joys lay there;So much it did my heart inflame,'Twas wont to call my soul into mine ear;Which thither went to meetTh' ...

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His Power Bounded, Greater Is His Might by Thomas Traherne

His Power Bounded, Greater Is His Might by Thomas Traherne

His Power bounded, greater is in might,Than if let loose, 'twere wholly infinite.He could have made an endless sea by this,But then it had not been a sea of bliss.Did waters from ...

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

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

For all the mysteries, engines, instruments, wherewith the world is filled, which we are able to frame and use to thy glory. For all the trades, variety of operations, cities, ...

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Sin by Thomas Traherne

Sin by Thomas Traherne

1Sin!O only fatal woe,That mak'st me sad and mourning go!That all my joys dost spoil,His Kingdom and my Soul defile!I never can agreeWith thee!2Thou!Only thou! O thou alone,And my ...

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Poverty by Thomas Traherne

Poverty by Thomas Traherne

As in the house I sate, Alone and desolate, No creature but the fire and I, The chimney and the stool, I lift mine eye Up to the wall, And in the silent hall, Saw nothing mine But ...

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A Life Of Sabbaths Here Beneath by Thomas Traherne

A Life Of Sabbaths Here Beneath by Thomas Traherne

1A life of Sabbaths here beneath! Continual jubilees and joys! The days of Heaven, while we breathe On Earth! where Sin all Bliss destroys: This is a triumph of delights That doth ...

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Dumbness by Thomas Traherne

Dumbness by Thomas Traherne

Sure Man was born to meditate on things, And to contemplate the eternal springs Of God and Nature, glory, bliss, and pleasure; That life and love might be his Heavenly treasure; ...

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Wonder by Thomas Traherne

Wonder by Thomas Traherne

How like an angel came I down!How bright are all things here!When first among his works I did appearO how their glory me did crown!The world resembled his eternity,In which my ...

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Desire by Thomas Traherne

Desire by Thomas Traherne

For giving me desire,An eager thirst, a burning ardent fire,A virgin infant flame,A love with which into the world I came,An inward hidden heavenly love,Which in my soul did work ...

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The Anticipation by Thomas Traherne

The Anticipation by Thomas Traherne

My contemplation dazzles in the End Of all I comprehend, And soars above all heights, Diving into the depths of all delights. Can He become the End,To whom all creatures tend, Who ...

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Love by Thomas Traherne

Love by Thomas Traherne

O Nectar! O delicious stream! O ravishing and only pleasure! Where Shall such another theme Inspire my tongue with joys or please mine ear! Abridgement of delights! And Queen of ...

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Silence (Excerpt) by Thomas Traherne

Silence (Excerpt) by Thomas Traherne

…….An unperceived donor gave all pleasures;There nothing was but I, and all my treasures.In that fair world, One only was the friend,One golden stream, one spring, one only ...

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Right Apprehension by Thomas Traherne

Right Apprehension by Thomas Traherne

Give but to things their true esteem, And those which now so vile and worthless seemWill so much fill and please the mindThat we shall there the only riches find. How wise was IIn ...

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Joyful Sense And Purity by Thomas Traherne

Joyful Sense And Purity by Thomas Traherne

The Prospect was the Gate of Heaven, that DayThe ancient Light of Eden did convey Into my Soul: I was an Adam there,A little Adam in a Sphere Of Joys! O there my Ravished sense ...

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In Salem Dwelt A Glorious King by Thomas Traherne

In Salem Dwelt A Glorious King by Thomas Traherne

1In Salem dwelt a glorious King, Raised from a shepherd's lowly state;That did His praises like an angel singWho did the World create.By many great and bloody warsHe was advanced ...

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On Leaping Over The Moon by Thomas Traherne

On Leaping Over The Moon by Thomas Traherne

I saw new worlds beneath the water lie,New people; ye, another sky And sun, which seen by dayMight things more clear display.Just such anotherOf late my brotherDid in his travel ...

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The Preparative by Thomas Traherne

The Preparative by Thomas Traherne

My Body being Dead, my Limbs unknown;Before I skilled to prize Those living Stars mine Eyes, Before my Tongue or Cheeks were to me shown,Before I knew my Hands were mine, Or that ...

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Aspiration (Excerpt) by Thomas Traherne

Aspiration (Excerpt) by Thomas Traherne

Unto the spring of purest lifeAspires my withered heart,My soul confined in this fleshEmploys both strength and art,Working, struggling, suing stillFrom exile home to part.…Where ...

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A Thanksgiving And Prayer For The Nation by Thomas Traherne

A Thanksgiving And Prayer For The Nation by Thomas Traherne

From A Serious and Pathetical Contemplation of the Mercies of GodO Lord, the children of my people are Thy peculiar treasures,Make them mine, O God, even while I have them,My ...

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The Rapture by Thomas Traherne

The Rapture by Thomas Traherne

Sweet Infancy! O fire of heaven! O sacred Light How fair and bright, How great am I, Whom all the world doth magnify! O Heavenly Joy! O great and sacred blessedness Which I ...

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Walking by Thomas Traherne

Walking by Thomas Traherne

To walk abroad is, not with eyes,But thoughts, the fields to see and prize;Else may the silent feet,Like logs of wood,Move up and down, and see no goodNor joy nor glory meet.Ev'n ...

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