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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sions, as to the treasure-trove of a dream, which in sleep en¬
riches him who is asleep, so that he rejoices in a discovery
which does not exist. When he awakes, he is ashamed and
repents for making the mistake of rejoicing in unreal possessions.
Awaket Awake! 0 prudent soul! put on the strength of the
arm of the Lord: flee from the vain visions of the night,
and come, rejoice in the beautiful light of day. Cast away
from thee the possessions which dreams give unto thee, and
despise error, the corrupter of minds, which in vain visions
bestows wealth upon lovers of a sleep full of every harm.
Night vanishes, dreams are exposed; the world passes away,
and its riches are made vile; and error, which the serpent in¬
troduced, is exposed by the light of the Cross. The desire of
wealth and power, which reigned from the tree of knowl¬
edge , has been destroyed by the fruit which dawned from the
tree of life. The guardian of Paradise has been removed, that
the keys of the Garden might be given to the thief who was
deemed worthy of the right hand. The lance of the Cherub has
been taken away and the way to Paradise is open. The planter
of Paradise has been wounded by the lance in the place of the
thieving gardener, and he has opened the garden that those
who were expelled might return to their place. The great law¬
giver descended from heaven, became the teacher of the world,
and the creation was illuminated with his doctrine, (which is)
that no man covet riches which he has not: ^provide neither
gold nor silver nor brass in your purses, neither two coats, nor