Thomas Montague Traherne

Here you will find the Poem An Hymn upon St. Bartholomew's Day of poet Thomas Montague Traherne

An Hymn upon St. Bartholomew's Day

What powerful Spirit lives within! 
 What active Angel doth inhabit here! 
 What heavenly light inspires my skin, 
Which doth so like a Deity appear! 
A living Temple of all ages, I 
 Within me see 
 A Temple of Eternity! 
 All Kingdoms I descry 
 In me. 
 An inward Omnipresence here
Mysteriously like His within me stands, 
 Whose knowledge is a Sacred Sphere 
That in itself at once includes all lands. 
There is some Angel that within me can 
 Both talk and move, 
 And walk and fly and see and love, 
 A man on earth, a man 
 Dull walls of clay my Spirit leaves, 
And in a foreign Kingdom doth appear, 
 This great Apostle it receives, 
Admires His works and sees them, standing here, 
Within myself from East to West I move 
 As if I were 
 At once a Cherubim and Sphere, 
 Or was at once above 
 And here. 
 The Soul?s a messenger whereby 
Within our inward Temple we may be 
 Even like the very Deity 
In all the parts of His Eternity. 
O live within and leave unwieldy dross! 
 Flesh is but clay! 
 O fly my Soul and haste away 
 To Jesus? Throne or Cross!