A contemplation of Christes Passion.
O What loue and mercie of man vndeserued from God the father, through his onlie sonne Iesu Christ, by whose flesh and bloud we haue cleane remission of our offences; when we call to mind this mysterie of our redemption, and our sufficient sacrifice, whereby sinne, death and hell be put to exile; and grace, mercie and peace be obtei∣ned! For this we haue not onlie occasion to lament our selues, which were the verie causes why Iesus did la∣ment in care, and became poore in bodie, sweat water and bloud against his death, praied in affliction, and suffered for our redemption: but also to giue dailie thanks, and to reioice to God the father, for this his sonne, by whom we haue felowship with Angels, and are become Citizens of the saints, and of the houshold of God, partakers of euerlasting life for euer. O hap∣pie be they which forget not this heauenlie Philoso∣phie, this giltlesse passion of Iesu Christ! To knowe & beleeue this, is life euerlasting, and the quietnesse of conscience. This passion is our riches in pouertie, and helpe in aduersitie, and onlie life in death. By this his painefull affliction, were all the Patriarches, Pro∣phets, Martyrs, and euerie beleeuing bodie saued, that euer was, or shall be; without which all flesh is damned and accursed. Now sweet Christ, for this thy blessed oblation, haue mercie on me now and in the houre of death; that in the dreadfull daie of iudgment, sinne, death and hell may not preuaile against me sin∣full Page 112 creature, but haue mercie vpon me, according to thy greatest mercie, which is this thy death and passi∣on, for which be praise to the holie Trinitie for euer and euer,