Traherne, Centuries of Meditations, 2:1
THE Services which the world doth you, are transcendent to all
imagination. Did it only sustain your body and preserve your life and
comfort your senses, you were bound to value it as much as those services
were worth: but it discovers the being of God unto you, it opens His nature,
and shews you His wisdom, goodness and power, it magnifies His love unto
you, it serves Angels and men for you, it entertains you with many lovely
and glorious objects, it feeds you with joys, and becomes a theme that
furnishes you with perpetual praises and thanksgivings, it enflameth you
with the love of God, and in the link of your union and communion with Him.
It is the temple wherein you are exalted to glory and honour, and the
visible porch or gate of Eternity: a sure pledge of Eternal joys, to all
them that walk before God and are perfect in it.