• The Complete Works of Saint Teresa of Jesus

    Teresa of Avila.

     

    London: Sheed & Ward, 1946. Three octavo volumes. Black cloth with dustwrappers, some mottled soiling. Previous owner's inscription. First edition. Near fine.

     

    Collected here are the writings of the Spanish mystic by Edgar Allison Peers, a radical British academic who railed against the system of higher education in England in the early twentieth century using the pseudonym "Bruce Truscot." 

     

    "I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron's point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it. The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual; though the body has its share in it, even a large one. It is a caressing of love so sweet which now takes place between the soul and God, that I pray God of His goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying."

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