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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
50. An Hymn upon St. Bartholomew’s Day
By Thomas Traherne  (?1636–1674)
  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        5
      Within me see
    A Temple of Eternity!
      All Kingdoms I descry
        In me.
    An inward Omnipresence here       10
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,       15
    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,       20
  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,       25
      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       30
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!       35



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