Traherne on Magnanimity

Thomas Traherne Windows at Hereford Cathedral Thomas Traherne Windows at Hereford Cathedral

“Magnanimity. It includes all that belongs to a Great Soul: a high and mighty Courage, an invincible Patience, an immoveable Grandeur which is above the reach of Injuries, a contempt of all little and feeble Enjoyments, and a certain kind of Majesty that is conversant only with Great things; a high and lofty frame of Spirit, allayed with the sweetness of Courtesie and Respect; a deep and stable Resolution founded on Humility without any baseness; an infinite Hope; and a vast Desire; a Divine, profound, uncontrollable sence of ones own Capacity, a generous Confidence, and a great inclination to Heroical deeds; all these conspire to compleat it with a severe and mighty expectation of Bliss incomprehensible.”

Thomas Traherne, Christian Ethicks, Ch. 28.

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