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Select Meditations (2e)

Thomas Traherne

Edited by Julia Smith

Foreword by Julia Smith

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ISBN: 978 1 847770 71 4
Categories: 17th Century, Anglican, British
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Edition: 2nd
Published: September 2009
216 x 135 x 18 mm
208 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback
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  • If Good works be so Rich and lovly O what fruitfull Trees are they that bear them, O what living fountaines! O what Treasure is Laid up in the Ages for God and us to be Delighted in... How infinitly are we Exalted as Lords and Kings, in being created free, And how infinitly shall we reign with thee, if we use our freedom as we ought to do! O giv me Grace to remember this, and to feel it always!
    III.54




    Select Meditations is among the earliest works of the poet and mystic Thomas Traherne (1637-74). Written shortly after the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, the manuscript was not discovered until 1964 and first published by Carcanet in 1997. Traherne, a young clergyman in a country parish at the time, explores his relationship with God and his vocation to 'teach Immortal Souls the way to Heaven'. It is a spiritual journey that involves examination of his doubts and failings (he confesses to 'too much... proneness to Speak'), of the political issues that shaped his times, and of the realities of ministering to his congregation. Above all, though, Traherne's meditations celebrate the beauty of the world and the human community transfigured by the love of God, in terms that speak across time. 'Remember', he writes, 'that the world is the beginning of Gifts.'

    Julia J. Smith's landmark edition, preserving the original spelling, provides a detailed introduction and notes on the text.

    Cover photograph: Detail from the Thomas Traherne windows in the Audley Chapel at Hereford Cathedral. Reproduced by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral. Cover design StephenRaw.com.
    Preface by Louis L. Martz

    Introduction

    A Note on the Text

    Acknowledgements

    Select Meditations
    The First Century
    The Second Century
    The Third Century
    The Fourth Century

    Notes

    Illustration

    Select Meditations, II.30-32, from the Osborn manuscript




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