A contemplation and praier exclaming of the carefull passions of the soule and bodie.
WO is me carefull carcase and filthie defiled flesh, conceiued and borne in sinne, depriued of originall iustice, compared to a beast, in Adam fallen as a rotten apple from a liuing tree. What haue I gotten by my fall? Darknes, care, miserie, affliction, sicknesse, paine, anguish, and finallie dreadfull death. And alas, what shall I be hereafter? A stinking carion, woormes meate, foode for fire, dust and claie, doong and forsaken, rotten & consumed, blind, poore and naked, troden vnder the feete of my posteri∣tie, and forgotten of all men, not knowing where my bodie is, which shall vanish like a shadowe, and my life shall wither like a leafe, and fade as a flower.
O holie God, the more our bodies doo increase, the neerer death doth approch, the clocke of our conscience Page 129 doth ring euerie minute, the houre of death to be at hand. Death approcheth with his sharpe dart and bloudie chariot: Awaie (saith he) to euerie liuing wight. For what is he that shall not see death, and come to nothing? Oh vncertaine life; but most assu∣red death! His net is cast ouer all flesh: now I doo re∣ioice, then I lament: now am I whole, then sicknesse doth come: now haue I friends, then am I forsaken: now at libertie, soone after in bondage: now yoong, then age drawes neere. And thus I neuer remaine in one state: made light and proud in prosperitie, despe∣rate in aduersitie, withered and old with care, despised in pouertie, flattered when I am in health; and finally vncertaine when or where I shall die. But yet I most humblie praie thee deere father, for Iesu Christs sake, which suffered a shamefull death for my sins, to haue mercie vpon me, according to thy great mercie, and take not thy holie Ghost from me, and lead me not into temptation, but deliuer me: for into thy hands I com∣mend my soule, O thou God of truth,