Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos

Frothingham F. Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos. -1886

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ii m. LETTER OF MAR YA‘QUB TO STEPHEN BAR SDDAILI. It is well for thee that thou walkest in glorious works,
0 friend of God, and it is honorable for thy intelligent soul
that in the love of God thou sowest daily excellent things
unto the hope of God, for the time will come that thou
shalt reap: and be not anxious regarding the fruits of thy
good sowing, for when the laborer sows be considers, in
his mind's eye, not the seed but the furrows full of fruits;
and for this does he sow, that he may gather the fruits.
For, when the soul comprehends the new world, it despises
the possessions of the old world and hastens to divide them
among the needy, that they may be for it as a treasure in
the abode of light, where good things are given to the
workers of good. But this troubled world is as grass, hay,
or flowers: it is a shadow which recedes and hastens to pass
and remove the day-light (?); a lovely flower, whose beauty
soon withers and perishes. Its riches are a dream and its
possessions a deceptive vision. Error attaches to its posses-