Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 49. Love
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
49. Love
By Thomas Traherne  (?1636–1674)
  O NECTAR! O delicious stream!
      O ravishing and only pleasure! Where
      Shall such another theme
Inspire my tongue with joys or please mine ear!
      Abridgement of delights!        5
        And Queen of sights!
O mine of rarities! O Kingdom wide!
O more! O cause of all! O glorious Bride!
  O God! O Bride of God! O King!
  O soul and crown of everything!       10
    Did not I covet to behold
Some endless monarch, that did always live
    In palaces of gold,
Willing all kingdoms, realms, and crowns to give
    Unto my soul! Whose love       15
      A spring might prove
Of endless glories, honours, friendships, pleasures,
Joys, praises, beauties and celestial treasures!
  Lo, now I see there’s such a King,
  The fountain-head of everything!       20
    Did my ambition ever dream
Of such a Lord, of such a love! Did I
    Expect so sweet a stream
As this at any time! Could any eye
    Believe it! Why all power       25
      Is used here;
Joys down from Heaven on my head do shower,
And Jove beyond the fiction doth appear
  Once more in golden rain to come
  To Danae’s pleasing fruitful womb.       30
    His Ganymede! His life! His joy!
Or He comes down to me, or takes me up
    That I might be His boy,
And fill, and taste, and give, and drink the cup,
    But those (tho’ great) are all       35
      Too short and small,
Too weak and feeble pictures to express
The true mysterious depths of Blessedness.
  I am His image, and His friend,
  His son, bride, glory, temple, end.       40



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