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January 14th, 2015

The Cloud of Unknowing (3) Second Chapter

A short stirring to meekness, and to the work of this book.



LOOK up now, weak wretch, and see what thou art. ...... thou shouldest be more  meek and loving to thy ghostly spouse, that He that is the Almighty God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, would meek Him so low unto thee,...
.. Look now forwards and let be backwards; and see what thee faileth, and not what thou hast, for that is the readiest getting and keeping of meekness. All thy life now behoveth altogether to stand in desire, if thou shalt profit in degree of perfection. This desire behoveth altogether be wrought in thy will, by the hand of Almighty God and thy consent. *

The Cloud of Unknowing: Chapter 2: A short stirring to meekness, and to the work of this book

*William Johnston renders these lasr two sentences thus: "For now, if you would keep growing you must nourish in your heart the lively longing for God.  Though the loving desire is certainly God's gift, it is up to you to nurture it."

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