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

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First Line: The liquid pearl in springs
Last Line: These were the offspring of the deity.
Subject(s): Growth


The liquid pearl in springs,
The useful and the precious things
Are in a moment known.
Their very glory does reveal their worth
(And that doth set their glory forth);
As soon as I was born, they all were shown.


True living wealth did flow,
In crystal streams below
My feet, and trilling down
In pure, transparent, soft, sweet, melting pleasures,
Like precious and diffusive treasures,
At once my body fed, and soul did crown.


I was as high and great,
As kings are in their seat.
All other things were mine.
The world my house, the creatures were my goods,
Fields, mountains, valleys, woods,
Floods, cities, churches, men, for me did shine.


Great, lofty, endless, stable,
Various and innumerable,
Bright, useful, fair, divine,
Immovable and sweet the treasures were,
The sacred objects did appear
Most rich and beautiful, as well as mine.


New all! New burnish'd joys;
Tho now by other toys
Eclips'd: new all and mine.
Great truth so sacred seem'd for this to me,
Because the things which I did see
Were such, my state I knew to be divine.


Nor did the angels' faces,
The glories, and the graces,
The beauty, peace, and joy
Of Heaven itself, more sweetness yield to me.
Till filthy sin did all destroy,
These were the offspring of the Deity.

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