Wednesday, January 13, 2010

17th C Poet & 'Emily'

The sentiment with which L.M. Montgomery expresses Emily at the book's opening recapitulates Thomas Traherne's vision in "Wonder."

HOW like an Angel came I down!
How bright are all things here!
When first among His works I did appear
O how their glory me did crown!
The world resembled His Eternity,
In which my soul did walk;
And every thing that I did see
Did with me talk.

The skies in their magnificence,
The lively, lovely air,
Oh how divine, how soft, how sweet, how fair!
The stars did entertain my sense,
And all the works of God, so bright and pure,
So rich and great did seem,
As if they ever must endure
In my esteem.
... [con't]

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