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Select Meditations

Thomas Traherne

Edited by Julia Smith

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ISBN: 978 1 857543 08 7
Categories: 17th Century, Anglican
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: July 1997
198 x 130 x 13 mm
232 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback
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  • This is the first edition of the Select Meditations of the well-loved mystic and poet Thomas Traherne (1637?-1674). The editor preserves the original spelling, but the erratic punctuation has been modified.

    Its identification in manuscript in 1964 was one of the most recent in a remarkable series of discoveries which have made Traherne known of the twentieth century as a spiritual writer of great beauty and originality.

    Select Meditations is among his earliest works. Its context is the unstable political and ecclesiastical situation after Charles II's Restoration in 1660. In the meditations, Traherne explores his vocation as a minister, knowing that this involves not only self-scrutiny and theological reflection but also the making of hard political choices. Select Meditations is unique among his writings in its inclusion of personal and autobiographical reflections,
    `Too much openness and proneness to Speak are my Diseas'. His vision of felicity is heightened with reflections on `the wickedness of Ignorant Zealots' who threaten the precarious unity of the national church.
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