January 28th, 2015

The Cloud Of Unknowing (46) - Chapter Five And Forty

HERE BEGINNETH THE FIVE AND FORTIETH CHAPTER

A good declaring of some certain deceits that may befall in this work.

"....the devil hath his contemplatives as God hath His.

This deceit of false feeling, and of false knowing following thereon, hath diverse and wonderful variations, after the diversity of states and the subtle conditions of them that be deceived: as hath the true feeling and knowing of them that be saved. But I set no more deceits here but those with the which I trow thou shalt be assailed if ever thou purpose thee to work in this work..... And therefore I tell thee this, for thou shalt be wary therewith in thy working, if thou be assailed therewith.


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The Cloud Of Unknowing (47) - Chapter Six And Forty

HERE BEGINNETH THE SIX AND FORTIETH CHAPTER

A good teaching how a man shall flee these deceits, and work more with a listiness of spirit, than with any boisterousness of body

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This is childishly and playingly spoken, thee think peradventure. But I trow whoso had grace to do and feel as I say, he should feel good gamesome play with Him, as the father doth with the child, kissing and clipping, that well were him so.

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