Christian Mysticism eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 407 pages of information about Christian Mysticism.

[Footnote 274:  Compare p. 161, for similar teaching in Eckhart himself.]

[Footnote 275:  See the quotation on p. 11, note.]

[Footnote 276:  Irenaeus, Contra Har. iv. 6.]

[Footnote 277:  No. 31. on Psalm xci. 13.]

[Footnote 278:  Hilton’s book has been reprinted from the edition of 1659, with an introduction by the Rev. J.B.  Dalgairns.  Very little is known about the author’s life, but his book was widely read, and was “chosen to be the guide of good Christians in the courts of kings and in the world.”  The mother of Henry VII. valued it very highly.  I have also used Mr. Guy’s edition in my quotations from The Scale of Perfection.]

[Footnote 279:  1 Cor. xiv. 15.  This text was also appealed to by the Quietists of the post-Reformation period.]

[Footnote 280:  The texts to which he refers are those which Origen uses in the same manner.  Compare 1 Cor. i. 23, ii. 2, Gal. vi. 14, with 1 Cor. i. 24.]

[Footnote 281:  Julian (born 1343) was probably a Benedictine nun of Carrow, near Norwich, but lived for the greater part of her life in an anchorage in the churchyard of St. Julian at Norwich.  There is a copy of her Revelations in the British Museum.  Editions by Cressy, 1670; reprint issued 1843; by Collins, 1877.  See, further, in the Dictionary of National Biography.  In my quotations from her, I have used an unpublished version kindly lent me by Miss G.H.  Warrack.  It is just so far modernised as to be intelligible to those who are not familiar with fourteenth century English.]

[Footnote 282:  This was a recognised classification.  Scaramelli says, “Le visioni corporce sono favori propri dei principianti, che incomminciano a camminare nella via dello spirito....  Le visioni immaginari sono proprie dei principianti e dei proficienti, che non sono ancor bene purgati....  Le visioni intellectuali sono proprie di quelli che si trovano gia in istato di perfezione.”  It comes originally from St. Augustine (De Gen. ad litt. xii. 7, n. 16):  “Haec sunt tria genera visionum....  Primum ergo appellemus corporale, quia per corpus percipitur, et corporis sensibus exhibetur.  Secundum spirituale:  quidquid enim corpus non est, et tamen aliquid est, iam recte dicitur spiritus; et utique non est corpus, quamvis corpori similis sit, imago absentis corporis, nee ille ipse obtutus quo cernitur.  Tertium vero intellectuale, ab intellectu.”]

[Footnote 283:  That is, “necessary” or “profitable.”]


   “O heart, the equal poise of Love’s both parts,
    Big alike with wounds and darts,
    Live in these conquering leaves, live still the same,
    And walk through all tongues one triumphant flame! 
    Live here, great heart, and love and die and kill,
    And bleed, and wound, and yield, and conquer still. 
    Let this immortal life, where’er

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