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Poem by Thomas Traherne


Joyful Sense and Purity


The Prospect was the Gate of Heaven, that Day
The ancient Light of Eden did convey
Into my Soul: I was an Adam there,
A little Adam in a Sphere
Of Joys! O there my Ravished sense
Was entertained in Paradise,
And had a Sight of Innocence. All was beyond all Bound and Price.
An Antepast [foretaste] of Heaven sure!
I on the Earth did reign.
Within, without me, all was pure.
I must become a Child again.



Thomas Traherne


Thomas Traherne's other poems:
  1. Innocence
  2. To the Same Purpose
  3. The Recovery
  4. A Life of Sabbaths Here Beneath
  5. Dumbness


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