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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009
    Walking: not for Dead Puppets
     
    To walk abroad is, not with Eys,
    But Thoughts, the Fields to see and prize;
    Els may the silent Feet,
    Like Logs of Wood,
    Move up and down, and see no Good,
    Nor Joy nor Glory meet.

    Ev’n Carts and Wheels their place do change,
    But cannot see, though very strange
    The Glory that is by;
    Dead Puppets may
    Move in the bright and glorious Day,
    Yet not behold the Sky.

    And are not Men than they more blind,
    Who having Eys yet never find
    The bliss in which they mov;
    Like Statues dead
    They up and down are carried
    Yet never see nor love.

    To walk is by a Thought to go;
    To move in Spirit to and fro;
    To mind the Good we see;
    To taste the Sweet;
    Observing all the things we meet
    How choice and rich they be.

    To note the Beauty of the Day,
    And golden Fields of Corn survey;
    Admire each pretty Flow’rs
    With their sweet smell;
    To prais their Maker, and to tell
    The Marks of His Great Pow’rs.

    To fly abroad like active Bees,
    Among the Hedges and the Trees,
    To cull the Dew that lies
    On ev’ry Blade,
    From ev’ry Blossom; till we lade
    Our Minds, as they their Thighs.

    Observe those rich and glorious things,
    The Rivers, Meadows, Woods, and Springs,
    The fructifying Sun;
    To note from far
    The Rising of each Twinkling Star
    For us his Race to run.

    A little Child these well perceives,
    Who, tumbling among Grass and Leaves,
    May Rich as Kings be thought,
    But there’s a Sight
    Which perfect Manhood may delight,
    To which we shall be brought.

    While in those pleasant Paths we talk,
    ’Tis that tow’rds which at last we walk;
    For we may by degrees
    Wisely proceed
    Pleasures of Lov and Prais to heed,
    From viewing Herbs and Trees.
    Unremittingly praiseful: Walking by Thomas Traherne, who (with the deeply contrasting but equally inspirational Dostoevsky) was the subject of our attention in a Rod Garner lecture at Edge Hill University tonight. Yeah, bliss.