A quote from Thomas Traherne

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“Your enjoyment of the world is never right till every morning you awake in Heaven; see yourself in your Father’s palace; and look upon the skies, the earth and the air as celestial joys; having such reverend esteem of all as if you were among the Angels. The bride of a monarch, in her husbands chamber, has no such causes of delight as you.

You never enjoy the world aright till the sea itself floweth in you 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 so, because men are in it who are everyone sole heirs as well as you. Till you can sing and rejoice and delight  in God, as misers do in gold, and kings in scepters, you can never enjoy the world.

Till you 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 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. Till more feel it than your private estate, and are more present in the hemisphere, considering the glories and beauties there, than in your own house; till you remember how lately you were made, and how wonderful it was you came into it; and more rejoice in the palace of your glory than if it had been made today morning.

Yet further, you never enjoyed the world aright, till you so love the beauty of enjoying it, that you are covetous and earnest to persuade others to enjoy it. And so perfectly hate abominable corruption of men in despising it you would rather suffer the flames of hell than willingly be guilty of their error.

The world is a mirror of Infinite Beauty, yet no man sees it. It is the Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is the region of light and Peace, did not men disquiet it. It is the Paradise of God. It is more to man since he is fallen than it was before. It is the place of Angels and the Gate of Heaven. When Jacob waked out of his dream he said, God is here, and I wist it not. How dreadful is this place! This is none other than the House of God and the Gate of Heaven.”

Thomas Traherne from The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley

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