Traherne's  Centuries ...

Traherne's Centuries...

I came across a reference Lewis (1) made to Traherne's work in Centuries. I really liked it. So of course I had to go and buy the book and read it myself. I didn't realize, when I ordered it, that it was a used library book from England. I felt fancy after it came in the mail... 

The following is quoted in Lewis's book, and I added references to the book I later received.

You never enjoy the world aright till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars... till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God as misers do in gold. (2)
I must lead you out of this into another world to learn your wants. For till you find them you will never be happy. (3)
[Souls] were made to love and are dark and vain and comfortless till they do it. Till they love they are idle or misemployed. Till they love they are desolate. (4)

Thomas Traherne - Centuries

  1. C.S. Lewis, Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis; Letter to Arthur Greeves, 8 July 1930, p. 18
  2. Thomas Traherne, Centuries; "First Century", #29, p. 14
  3. Thomas Traherne, Centuries; "First Century", #43, p. 21
  4. Thomas Traherne, Centuries; "Second Century", #48, p. 80

Posted on November 8, 2011 and filed under Literature.