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The Cloud of Unknowing

The Cloud of Unknowing

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 The Cloud of Unknowing
 Anonymous
 
Table of Contents
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About This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
p. 1Title Page..........................................p. 2Introduction.........................................p. 10Glossary...........................................p. 12Prayer.............................................p. 13Prologue...........................................p. 14Table of the Chapters...................................p. 21Chapter 1: Of four degrees of Christian men's living, and of the course ofhis calling that this book was made unto......................p. 22Chapter 2: A short stirring to meekness, and to the work of this book.....p. 23Chapter 3: How the work of this book shall be wrought and of the worthinessof it before all other works................................p. 24Chapter 4: Of the shortness of this work, and how it may not be come to bythe curiosity of wit, nor by imagination........................p. 27Chapter 5: That in the time of this work all the creatures that ever have been,be now, or ever shall be, and all the works of those same creatures, shouldbe hid under the cloud of forgetting..........................p. 28Chapter 6: A short conceit of the work of this book, treated by question...p. 29Chapter 7: How a man shall have him in this work against all thoughts, andspecially against all those that arise of his own curiosity, of cunning, and ofnatural wit..........................................p. 31Chapter 8: That in the time of his work all the creatures that ever have been,be now, or ever shall be, and all the works of those creatures, should be hidunder the cloud of forgetting..............................p. 33Chapter 9: That in the time of this work the rememberance of the holiestcreature that ever God made letteth more than it profiteth...........p. 34Chapter 10: How a man shall know when his thought is no sin; and if it besin, when it is deadly and when it is venial......................p. 36Chapter 11: That a man should weigh each thought and each stirring afterthat it is, and always eschew recklessness in venial sin.............p. 37Chapter 12: That by Virtue of this word sin is not only destroyed, but alsovirtues begotten.......................................p. 38Chapter 13: What meekness is in itself, and when it is perfect and when itis imperfect..........................................
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p. 39Chapter 14: That without imperfect meekness coming before, it is impossiblefor a sinner to come to the perfect Virtue of meekness in this life.......p. 40Chapter 15: A short proof against their error that say, that there is no perfectercause to be meeked under, than is the knowledge of a man's ownwretchedness........................................p. 41Chapter 16: That by virtue of this work a sinner truly turned and called tocontemplation cometh sooner to perfection than by any other work; and byit soonest may get of God forgiveness of sins...................p. 43Chapter 17: That a very contemplative list not meddle him with active life,nor of anything that is done or spoken about him, nor yet to answer to hisblamers in excusing of himself.............................p. 44Chapter 18: How that yet unto this day all actives complain of contemplativesas Martha did of Mary. Of the which complaining ignorance is thecause.............................................p. 45Chapter 19: A short excusation of him that made this book, teaching how allcontemplatives should have all actives fully excused of their complainingwords and deeds......................................p. 46Chapter 20: How Almighty God will goodly answer for all those that for theexcusing of themselves list not leave their business about the love ofHim..............................................p. 47Chapter 21: The true exposition of this gospel word, 'Mary hath chosen thebest part'...........................................p. 49Chapter 22: Of the wonderful love that Christ had to man in person of allsinners truly turned and called to the grace of contemplation.........p. 50Chapter 23: How God will answer and purvey for them in spirit, that forbusiness about His love list not answer nor purvey for themselves.....p. 51Chapter 24: What charity is in itself, and how it is truly and perfectly containedin the work of this book..................................p. 52Chapter 25: That in the time of this work a perfect soul hath no specialbeholding to any one man in this life.........................p. 53Chapter 26: That without full special grace, or long use in common grace,the work of this book is right travailous; and in this work, which is the workof the soul helped by grace, and which is the work of only God........p. 54Chapter 27: Who should work in the gracious work of this book.......p. 55Chapter 28: That a man should not presume to work in this work before thetime that he be lawfully cleansed in conscience of all his special deeds ofsin...............................................p. 56Chapter 29: That a man should bidingly travail in this work, and suffer thepain thereof, and judge no man............................p. 57Chapter 30: Who should blame and condemn other men's defaults.....
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