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

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First Line: How easily doth nature teach the soul
Last Line: That everyone might reign like god alone.
Subject(s): Nature


How easily doth Nature teach the soul,
How irresistible is her infusion!
There's nothing found that can her force control,
But sin. How weak and feeble's all delusion!


Things false are forc'd, and most elaborate,
Things pure and true are obvious unto sense;
The first impressions, in our earthly state,
Are made by things most great in excellence.


How easy is it to believe the sky
Is wide and great and fair? How soon may we
Be made to know the sun is bright and high,
And very glorious, when its beams we see?


That all the earth is one continued globe,
And that all men thereon are living treasures,
That fields and meadows are a glorious robe,
Adorning it with sweet and heavenly pleasures;


That all we see is ours, and everyone
Possessor of the whole; that every man
Is like a god incarnate on the throne,
Even like the first for whom the world began;


Whom all are taught to honour, serve, and love,
Because he is belov'd of God unknown;
And therefore is on earth itself above
All others, that his wisdom might be shown:


That all may happy be, each one most blest,
Both in himself and others; all most high,
While all by each, and each by all possess'd,
Are intermutual joys, beneath the sky.


This shows a wise contrivance, and discovers
Some great Creator sitting on the throne,
That so disposeth things for all His lovers,
That everyone might reign like God alone.

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