Thomas Montague Traherne

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A Serious and Pathetical Contemplation of the Mercies of Go

For all the mysteries, engines, instruments, wherewith the world is filled, whichwe are able to frame and use to thy glory. For all the trades, variety of operations, cities, temples, streets, bridges, mariner'scompass, admirable picture, sculpture, writing, printing, songs and music; wherewiththe world is beautified and adorned.
 Much more for the regent life,
 And power of perception,
 Which rules within.
 That secret depth of fathomless consideration
 That receives the information
 Of all our senses,
 That makes our centre equal to the heavens,
 And comprehendeth in itself the magnitude of the world;
 The involv'd mysteries
 Of our common sense;
 The inaccessible secret
 Of perceptive fancy;
 The repository and treasury
 Of things that are past;
 The presentation of things to come;
 Thy name be glorified
 For evermore.....

 O miracle
 Of divine goodness!
 O fire! O flame of zeal, and love, and joy!
 Ev'n for our earthly bodies, hast thou created all things.
 { visible
 All things { material
 { sensible
 Bodies celestial,
 Bodies terrestrial,
 The four elements,
 Volatile spirits,
 Trees, herbs, and flowers,
 The influences of heaven,
 Clouds, vapors, wind,
 Dew, rain, hail and snow,
 Light and darkness, night and day,
 The seasons of the year.
 Springs, rivers, fountains, oceans,
 Gold, silver, and precious stones.
 Corn, wine, and oil,
 The sun, moon, and stars,
 Cities, nations, kingdoms.
 And the bodies of men, the greatest treasures of all,
 For each other.
 What then, O Lord, hast thou intended for our
 Souls, who givest to our bodies such glorious things!