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The Desert has bred fanaticism and frenzy and fear; but it has also bred heroic gentleness. The words of those quiet men who in the fourth century A.D. founded the Desert rule are here translated by Miss Waddell.
Sentence after sentence falls on the ear with a dangerous enchantment: the remoteness of death is in the lovely rhythms of the old hermit's questioning. "Tell me, I pray thee, how fares the human race: If new roofs be risen in the ancient cities: whose empire is it that now sways the world?"
"Miss Waddell has scored again. This facile scholar . . . has chosen perhaps the most enticing of all medieval texts . . ."
—Grant Loomis, Speculum
"It is an astonishment as well as a triumph to come upon such matter as this in such a time as ours."
"It is a jewel of a book . . ."