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 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.

No wars,
Nor mortal jars,
Nor bloody feuds, nor coin,
Nor griefs which those occasions, saw I then;
Nor wicked thieves which this purloin;
I had not thoughts that were impure;
Esteeming both women and men
God's work, I was secure,
And reckoned peace my choicest gem. ...

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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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