Of the two short works of Richard Rolle presented here in modernized form, “The Fire of Love” represents his subjective manner, while “The Mending of Life” attempts towards an orderly presentation of his ascetic doctrine. The whole system of his teaching, in so far as a system was possible to so poetic and inspired a temperament, aims at the induction of other men to that state in which they can fulfill the supreme vocation of humanity: to take part in “angels’ song,” the music of adoration which all created spirits sing to God.
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Richard Rolle was a fourteenth-century English mystical writer and hermit.