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HERE BEGINNETH THE TWELFTH CHAPTER


That by Virtue of this word sin is not only destroyed, but also Virtues
begotten.


AND, therefore, if thou wilt stand and not fall, cease never in thine
intent: but beat evermore on this cloud of unknowing that is betwixt
thee and thy God with a sharp dart of longing love, and loathe for to
think on aught under God, and go not thence for anything that
befalleth. For this is only by itself that work that destroyeth the
ground and the root of sin...
                             ......................................

...(Contemplation) destroyeth not
only the ground and the root of sin as it may be here, but thereto it
getteth virtues. For an it be truly conceived, all virtues shall truly
be, and perfectly conceived, and feelingly comprehended, in it, without
any mingling of the intent. And have a man never so many virtues
without it, all they be mingled with some crooked intent, for the which
they be imperfect.

For virtue is nought else but an ordained and a measured affection,
plainly directed unto God for Himself. For why? He in Himself is the
pure cause of all virtues:...(summed up by) meekness and charity.
For whoso might get these two clearly, him needeth no more:
for why, he hath all.
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I Corinthians, 13.

Humility and love (mercy) are two of the "three treasures" of Taoist philosophy, the third being restraint.

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