Thomas Traherne

(1636 or 1637 – ca. 27 September 1674 / England)

Thomas Traherne Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British clergyman, poet, mystic. "Fourth Century," no. 55, Centuries (written c. 1672, publ. 1908).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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?''
    Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British clergyman, poet, mystic. "Third Century," no. 2, Centuries (1908, written c. 1672).

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Best Poem of 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
What curtain were ye from me hid so long?
Where was, in what abyss, my speaking tongue?

When silent I
So many thousand, thousand years
Beneath the dust did in a chaos lie,
How could I smiles or tears,
Or lips or hands or eyes or ears perceive?
Welcome ye treasures which I now receive.

I that so long
Was nothing from eternity,
Did little think such joys as ear or tongue
To celebrate or see:
Such sounds to hear,...

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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 thrones;
A juicy herb, or spire of grass,
In useful virtue, native green,
An em'rald doth surpass,
Hath in 't more value, though less seen.

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