Lenten reading: Traherne I

March 20, 2014

Your enjoyment of the World is never right, till you so esteem it, that everything in it, is more your treasure than a Kings’ exchequer full of Gold and Silver. And that exchequer yours also in its place and service. Can you take too much joy in your Father’s works? He is Himself in everything. Some things are little on the outside, and rough and common, but I remember the time when the dust on the streets were as precious as Gold to my infant eyes, and now they are more precious to the eye of reason.

— Thomas Traherne, Centuries I.25.

5 Responses to “Lenten reading: Traherne I”

  1. I love Traherne, thanks for reminding me of this.

  2. cburrell Says:

    I am just discovering him myself. In any case, you’re most welcome.

  3. Christina Says:

    My Lenten reading has been Homer’s Odyssey and Wilson’s Bureacracy.

  4. cburrell Says:

    One for pleasure and one for penance?

    Actually, the Odyssey is not really a bad choice; it’s more traditional to compare Lent to the Israelites’ wandering in the desert, but Odysseus’ wanderings through the Mediterranean could be read with a Lenten slant.

  5. Janet Says:

    I often think something akin to this on my way to work.


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