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Traherne, Thomas
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(1637[?], Hereford – Sep 27, 1674, Teddington), poet and mystic, closely related to the metaphysical poets. The son of a shoemaker, he was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. In 1657 he became a parish priest in Credenhill; in 1667 he was appointed chaplain to Sir Orland Bridgeman, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, in whose house he spent his last years. His anti-Catholic polemic Roman Forgeries (1673) and his posthumously published treatise Christian Ethics (1675) found little response, but his vivid religious poetry – first discovered in manuscript …

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Meller, Horst, “Traherne, Thomas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026132>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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