10 October is dedicated to the 17th century Anglican mystic Thomas Traherne. Here are the first three verses of his poem, ‘Wonder’, where he sees the world through the eyes of a child. He seems never to have lost this capacity, and this was a factor in his mysticism.
How like an Angel came I down!
How bright are all things here!
O how their GLORY me did Crown?
The World resembled his Eternitie,
In which my Soul did Walk;
And evry 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 Sence,
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.
A Native Health and Innocence
Within my Bones did grow,
And while my GOD did all his Glories show,
I felt a Vigour in my Sence
That was all SPIRIT. I within did flow
With Seas of Life, like Wine;
I nothing in the World did know,
But ‘twas Divine.
From: Happiness and Holiness: Thomas Traherne and his Writings edited by Denise Inge Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008
Always a delight to come across Thomas. I’m sure you are right about him never having lost it and also sure that he would wonder, in another sense, about the general inability to value our ‘infant eye’.
I imagine he would. Good to hear from you Alan.