Eclipsed By The Customs of Men


The first light which shined in my infancy in its primitive and innocent clarity was totally eclipsed: insomuch that I was fain to learn all again. If you ask me how it was eclipsed? Truly by the customs and manners of men, which, like contrary winds, blew it out… By a whole sea of… concernments that covered and drowned it: finally by the evil influence of a bad education that did not foster and cherish it.


– Thomas Traherne






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