Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Traherne’

Lenten reading: Traherne III

April 9, 2014

Wants are the bands and cements between God and us. Had we not wanted we could never have been obliged. Whereas now we are infinitely obliged, because we want infinitely. From Eternity it was requisite that we should want. We could never else have enjoyed anything: Our own wants are treasures. And if want be a treasure, sure everything is so.

— Thomas Traherne, Centuries, I.51.

Lenten reading: Traherne II

March 27, 2014

They in Heaven prize blessings when they have them. They in Earth when they have them prize them not. They in Hell prize them when they have them not.

— Thomas Traherne, Centuries I.46.

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.