Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BLISS, by THOMAS TRAHERNE

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First Line: All bliss / consists in this
Last Line: With greedier eyes, more boys tho men.
Subject(s): Happiness; Worship; Joy; Delight


All bliss
Consists in this,
To do as Adam did:
And not to know those superficial toys
Which in the garden once were hid,
Those little new invented things.
Cups, saddles, crowns are childish joys.
So ribbons are and rings.
Which all our happiness destroys.


Nor God
In His abode
Nor saints nor little boys
Nor angels made them; only foolish men,
Grown mad with custom, on those toys
Which more increase their wants, do dote.
And when they older are do then
Those baubles chiefly note
With greedier eyes, more boys tho men.

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