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

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First Line: Prompted to seek my bliss above the skies
Last Line: All interludes.
Subject(s): God


Prompted to seek my bliss above the skies,
How often did I lift mine eyes
Beyond the spheres!
Dame Nature told me there was endless space
Within my soul; I spied its very face:
Sure it not for nought appears.
What is there which a man may see
Beyond the spheres?


There in the mind of God, that sphere of love
(In nature, height, extent, above
All other spheres),
A man may see himself, the world, the bride
Of God His church, which as they there are eyed
Strangely exalted each appears:
His mind is higher than the space
Above the spheres,
Surmounts all place.


No empty space; it is all full of sight,
All soul and life, an eye most bright,
All light and love;
Which doth at once all things possess and give,
Heaven and earth, and all that therein live;
It rests at quiet, and doth move;
Eternal is, yet time includes;
A scene above
All interludes.

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