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Traherne, Thomas - Circulations - As fair ideas from the sky

Identifier

002449

Type of Spiritual Experience

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A description of the experience

Thomas Traherne –Circulations

As fair ideas from the sky
Or images of things
Unto a spotless mirror fly
On unperceived wings
And lodging there affect the sense
As if at first they came from thence
While being there, they richly beautify
The place they fill, and yet communicate
Themselves, reflecting to the seer’s eye…………….

 All things to circulations owe
Themselves, by which alone
They do exist; they cannot show
A sigh, a word, a groan,
A colour, or a glimpse of light
The sparkle of a precious stone
A virtue, or a smell; a lovely sight,
A fruit, a beam, an influence, a tear;
But they another’s livery must wear
And borrow matter first
Before they can communicate.
Whatever’s empty is accursed
And this doth show that we must some estate
Possess, or never can communicate

The source of the experience

Traherne, Thomas

Concepts, symbols and science items

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Function

Symbols

Mirror
Wings

Science Items

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