Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE RETURN, by THOMAS TRAHERNE

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THE RETURN, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To infancy, o lord, again I come
Last Line: My sweet companions all the year.
Subject(s): Vision


To infancy, O Lord, again I come,
That I my manhood may improve:
My early tutor is the womb;
I still my cradle love.
'Tis strange that I should wisest be,
When least I could an error see.


Till I gain strength against temptation, I
Perceive it safest to abide
An infant still; and therefore fly
(A lowly state may hide
A man from danger) to the womb,
That I may yet new-born become.


My God, Thy bounty then did ravish me!
Before I learned to be poor,
I always did Thy riches see,
And thankfully adore:
Thy glory and Thy goodness were
My sweet companions all the year.

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