Thomas Traherne

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He was born in Hereford, son of a shoemaker, and educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1652, achieving an MA in arts and divinity nine years later. After receiving his degree in 1656 he took holy orders and worked for ten years as a parish priest in Credenhill, near Hereford. In 1667 he became minister at Teddingto ...
Popular Poems
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The Apostasy
One star
Is better far
Than many precious stones;
One sun, which is by its own luster seen,
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2.
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 eye
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3.
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 within
I felt no stain, nor spot of sin.
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4.
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 monster had in man been seen,
Had every thumb or toe a mountain been!
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5.
Sin
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Sin!
O only fatal woe,
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Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
I will not by the noise of bloody wars and the dethroning of kings advance you to glory: but by the gentle ways of peace and love.
11 November 2014
More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.
11 November 2014
To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.
11 November 2014
Had we not loved ourselves at all, we could never have been obliged to love anything. So that self-love is the basis of all love.
11 November 2014
Is it not strange, that an infant should be heir of the whole world, and see those mysteries which the books of the learned never unfold?

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Daphne 13 April 2019
Thank you for an introduction - I am now going to read some of is poems - all new t erritory for me
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Rafiqa Darr 14 May 2011
I love Thomas Traherne and all his works, not just his poetry but also his prose called Centuries of Meditations. I got the book (Centuries of Meditations) recently and it overwhelmed me completely, it is the best book I have ever read and the best thing I own. If you want to feel good about yourself - read Traherne's works, especially Centuries of Meditations. Does anybody know of the poem called Thanksgivings for the Body and can they post it, so I could read it?
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