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Centuries Of Meditations

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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduct ...more
Published January 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published June 15th 2002)
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Beautiful words. Equally beautiful thoughts.

In a way, I find Traherne to be the "same but totally different" counterpart to Emerson. They both talk about the self and nature and God and how beautiful everything is, but with Traherne I never feel like he's looking down on anyone. He just really loves what God has made. I also love how Traherne tells us to enjoy what God has given to us as a way of entering into communion with God and embracing our identities of being made in His image. God loves
Glenn Crouch
Jun 26, 2015 Glenn Crouch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
I must admit that I found this book (reading each entry in each century as a devotional) to be a bit frustrating at times. I just couldn't always get what was being said. Maybe my imagination is not sufficient. I also struggled at times to match the God being talked about with the God of the Bible, though of course other times it was spot on.

My motivation for reading this was That C S Lewis liked this book. But of course he was a far greater scholar of Literature than I.

So some worthwhile materi
Charles Rouse
Oct 25, 2014 Charles Rouse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's just absurd that classics like this go out of print. Grr. I have the Cosimo edition from 2007, maybe you can look on ABE Books, a book lovers internet source.
Heavenly. Traherne is heavenly. You don't have to be a Christian or to believe in God to appreciate Traherne, but Traherne was ordained in the Church of England. He evidently believed that God loved so he gave us a beautiful world full of useful and wonderful things. He also believed that if we don't enjoy the life that God gave us an
Jul 09, 2015 Chad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up when I found a reference to it in the letters of C. S. Lewis ("For meditative and devotional reading (a little bit at a time, more like sucking a lozenge more than eating a slice of bread) I suggest the Imitation of Christ (astringent) and Traherne's Centuries of Meditations (joyous)"), and I wasn't disappointed. I had a hard time following it all the time (probably because I was "eating [it] like a slice of bread), but I ended up writing a one-line summary of each meditati ...more
Fred Sanders
Oct 09, 2013 Fred Sanders rated it it was amazing
I added this to the Torrey curriculum on a lark several years ago, and it's been the gift that keeps on giving. Every reading is a delight. The Kessinger reprint is barely adequate, let's have a new one.
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well I'll be honest I enjoyed it but it was probably way over my head me being just a plain old City accountant and not a Christian visionary cum mystic
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Thomas Traherne, MA (1636 or 1637 – ca. 27 September 1674) was an English poet, clergyman, theologian, and religious writer. Little information is known about his life. The intense, scholarly spirituality in his writings led to his being commemorated by the Anglican Church on 10 October (the anniversary of his death in 1674).

The work for which he is best known today is the Centuries of Meditations
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“You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars: and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world, and more than so, because men are in it who are every one sole heirs as well as you. Till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God, as misers do in gold, and Kings in sceptres, you never enjoy the world.

Till your spirit filleth the whole world, and the stars are your jewels; till you are as familiar with the ways of God in all Ages as with your walk and table: till you are intimately acquainted with that shady nothing out of which the world was made: till you love men so as to desire their happiness, with a thirst equal to the zeal of your own: till you delight in God for being good to all: you never
enjoy the world.”
“You are as prone to love, as the sun is to shine.” 13 likes
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