''Watch the wise Bee,'' the blessed John Ruysbroeck instructs, ''and do as it does. It dwells in unity, in the congregation of its fellows, and goes forth, not in the storm, but in calm and still weather, in the sunshine, towards all those flowers in which sweetness may be found.'' First published in 1950, before books of saints and mystics lined the shelves of bookstores, this anthology bridged a devotional gap in medieval literature. The current edition -- a handy, affordable volume compiled by Dover Publications -- offers unabridged excerpts from the original, including many still hard-to-find artists of the faith: St. Angela of Foligno, John Ruysbroeck, Henry Suso, Richard Rolle, John Tauler, Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, Catherine of Genoa, Walter Hilton, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Francis de Sales. Buzz, buzz.
An Eighth Day View:
Reflections by 13 men and women, conveniently gathered into one volume, encompass the works of Angela of Foligno, John Ruysbroeck, Henry Suso, Richard Rolle, John Tauler, the author of "The Cloud of Unknowing, "Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, Walter Hilton, Catherine of Genoa, St. Teresa, John of the Cross, and Francis de Sales.