Religion: With Longing Love

Here beginneth a book of contemplation, the which is called the Cloud of Unknowing, in the which a Soul is Oned with God.

So, some 600 years ago, an unknown English mystic began writing a little book addressed to a young man who planned to devote his life to the contemplative worship of God. It is still one of the great manuals of the devotional life.

Published this week is a new version of The Cloud of Unknowing (Harper; $1.50) —this time an "interpretation" by an anonymous student at a Quaker center. Greatly abridged and rearranged, the language of the new version is...

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