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

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First Line: The thoughts of men appear
Last Line: We all in their true nature find.
Subject(s): Soul


The thoughts of men appear
Freely to move within a sphere
Of endless reach; and run,
Tho in the soul, beyond the sun.
The ground on which they acted be
Is unobserv'd infinity.


Extended through the sky,
Tho here, beyond it far they fly:
Abiding in the mind
An endless liberty they find:
Throughout all spaces can extend,
Nor ever meet or know an end.


They, in their native sphere,
At boundless distances appear:
Eternity can measure;
Its no beginning see with pleasure.
Thus in the mind an endless space
Doth naturally display its face.


Wherein because we no
Object distinctly find or know;
We sundry things invent,
That may our fancy give content;
See points of space beyond the sky,
And in those points see creatures lie.


Spy fishes in the seas,
Conceit them swimming there with ease;
The dolphins and the whales,
Their very fins, their very scales,
As there within the briny deep
Their tails the flowing waters sweep.


Can see the very skies,
As if the same were in our eyes;
The sun, tho in the night,
As if it mov'd within our sight;
One space beyond another still
Discovered; think while ye will.


Which, tho we don't descry
(Much like by night an idle eye,
Not shaded with a lid,
But in a darksome dungeon hid),
At last shall in a glorious day
Be made its objects to display.


And then shall ages be
Within its wide eternity;
All kingdoms stand,
Howe'er remote, yet nigh at hand;
The skies, and what beyond them lie,
Exposed unto every eye.


Nor shall we then invent
Nor alter things; but with content
All in their places see,
As doth the glorious Deity;
Within the scope of whose great mind,
We all in their true nature find.

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