TODAY'S THEME: Traherne: Enjoying the World Aright
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"The Small Morning" by Philipp Otto Runge (1777-1810)
Romantic German painter and poet


All quotes on today's site are by Thomas Traherne.

Thomas Traherne was born in Ledbury, England in 1636 or 1637.
The son of a shoemaker, he received an MA in arts and divinity
in 1661. He was a parish priest in Credenhill before becoming
the private chaplain to Sit Orlando Bridgeman. Humble and devout,
he wrote several books, only one of which was published during his
lifetime. After his death, his poetry disappeared, only to be discovered
on a street bookstall in1896. He died in Bridgeman's house in 1674
and is buried under the reading desk at St. Mary's Church.


Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till every morning
you awake in Heaven: see yourself in your Father's palace;
and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as celestial
joys: having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you
were the among the angels.


Till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God,
as misers do in gold, and Kings in scepters,
you never enjoy the world.


You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself
floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the
heavens and crowned with the stars.

"The Great Morning" by Philipp Otto Runge
(Unfinished due to his premature death from tuberculosis)

This visible world is wonderfully to be delighted in, and highly
to be esteemed, because it is the theatre of God's
righteous kingdom.


This moment exhibits infinite space, but there is a space also wherein
all moments are infinitely exhibited, and the everlasting duration of
infinite space is another region and room of joys.


The world is a mirror of Infinite Beauty, yet no man sees it.
It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a region
of Light and Peace, did not men disquiet it. It is the Paradise
of God. It is more to man since he is fallen than it was before.
It is the place of Angels and the Gate of Heaven.

Detail from "The Great Morning"

God is present by Love alone. By Love alone He is great
and glorious. By Love alone He liveth and feeleth in other
persons. By Love alone He enjoyeth all the creatures, by
Love alone He is pleasing to Himself, by Love alone He is
rich and blessed. The soul is shriveled up and buried in a
grave that does not love. But that which does love wisely
and truly is the joy and end of all the world, the King of
Heaven, and the Friend of God.


You are as prone to love, as the sun is to shine.


And now, the Last Word:

Love is the true means by which the world
is enjoyed: our love to others,
and others love to us.

Thomas Traherne



























Bonus quote:

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

Henry Miller (1891-1980)
American writer and painter


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Thomas Traherne



Yesterday's site:
"Word of the Spirit"