By Jan Ross
Thomas Traherne (1637? - 1674), a priest of the Church of britain in the course of the recovery, used to be little recognized till the early 20th century, whilst his poetry and Centuries of Meditations have been stumbled on. there were due to the fact that miscellaneous guides of his poetry and devotional writings. The Works of Thomas Traherne brings jointly all of Traherne's extant works in a definitive, published variation for the 1st time. it is going to comprise either his released and unpublished works, and his notebooks, proposing them insofar as attainable by way of manuscript, giving due realization to their actual points and to their integrity as manuscript books. Volumes II and III make to be had the Commentaries of Heaven, preserved in a single manuscript held on the British Library. Organised topically, it used to be meant to hide the total of the alphabet yet extends in basic terms via `A' and a part of `B', with ninety five prose articles altogether. It possesses the features of a normal booklet, encyclopaedia and dictionary, and comprises poetry, meditations, philosophical discourse, and polemic. the weird variety of matters handled, from `Abhorrence' to `Ant', `Aristotle' to `Atom', exhibits Traherne to be an innovative and compelling author in his method of Christian theology, whereas keeping either his integrity and orthodoxy as a clergyman.
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A Sourness commending their Enjoyments, an Evil or Danger from which they are Delivered, a 200 Fountain of many, and an Occasion of all their Joys. For had there been no Abhorrence, there had been no Danger, no Punishment no Trouble; from which to hav felt the Joy of being Saved: Nay no Benefit nor Joy at all. for there had been no Concernment. It had been Indifferent to them whether there had been Good or Evil, Joy or 205 Sorrow, they had abhorred nothing, so that Nothing had to them been Good or Evil.
Any eccentric conventions of the text as they appear in print, therefore, are due to the peculiarities of the manuscript itself and have not always been noted. NOTE ON THE MANUSCRIPT: The very tight binding made transcription of the manuscript of Commentaries of Heaven difficult. Many words at the gutter margins were unreadable from a microfilm or printed copy; even from the manuscript itself, some of the words were not decipherable. I spent several months at the British Library copying by hand the hidden words and phrases at the gutter margins and other obscure sections of the manuscript, in order to give a full rendering, as accurate as possible, of the text.
Traherne views the confusion of languages as a part of God’s providential governance of the world. While it may be a great disadvantage, necessitating the labor of learning different languages at school, it can be turned into an ‘Object of Bliss’: ‘to see GOD appear and reveal himself so Gloriously in the World as he did in the Deluge before, in Sodom and Gomorrah a litle after, and here at Babel in Dividing their Tongues, to know him, and to be confirmed in our Faith by these Transcendent Miracles: to see the unsearchable Depths of his Knowledg and Power, and the true Original of all those Confusions that are now in the World; this is a Divine and Heavenly Thing.
The Works of Thomas Traherne II: Commentaries of Heaven, part 1: Abhorrence to Alone by Jan Ross