Thomas Traherne Quotes

Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho' others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British clergyman, poet, mystic. "Fourth Century," no. 12, Centuries (written c. 1672, first published 1908).
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Thus did he yield me in the shady night A wondrous and instructive light, Which taught me that under our feet there is, As o'er our heads, a place of bliss.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British poet. On Leaping over the Moon (l. 67-70). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abrams, general ed. (5th ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Sinks to the deep abyss where Satan crawls Where horrid Death and Despair lies.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British poet. On Leaping over the Moon (l. 59-60). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abrams, general ed. (5th ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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This visible world is wonderfully to be delighted in, and highly to be esteemed, because it is the theatre of God's righteous Kingdom.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British clergyman, poet, mystic. "Second Century," no. 97, Centuries (written c. 1672, first publ. 1908).
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Within the regions of the air, Compassed about with heavens fair, Great tracts of land there may be found Enriched with fields and fertile ground; Where many numerous hosts In those far distant coasts, For other great and glorious ends, Inhabit, my yet unknown friends.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British poet. Shadows in the Water (l. 49-56). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Such sacred Treasures are the Limbs of Boys In which a Soul doth dwell:
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British poet. The Salutation (l. 21-22). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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I that so long Was Nothing from Eternity, Did little think such Joys as Ear and Tongue To celebrate or see: Such Sounds to hear, such Hands to feel, such Feet, Such Eyes and Objects, on the Ground to meet.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British poet. The Salutation (l. 13-18). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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But that they mine should be who Nothing was, That Strangest is of all; yet brought to pass.
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British poet. The Salutation (l. 35-36.). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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The Heavenly eye, Much wider than the sky, Wherein they all included were, The glorious Soul, that was the King Made to possess them, did appear A small and little thing!
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British poet. The Third Century: News (l. 49-56). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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What sacred instinct did inspire My soul in childhood with a hope so strong?
Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British poet. The Third Century: News (l. 49-56). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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