To read Julian’s Revelations in order, which is far better, begin at the Introduction. She continues here a remarkably interwoven, almost triple-plaited, study of the nature and relationship between the soul and its Creator which she began in chapter 52 .
God was never displesid with His chosin wif; and of three properties in the Trinite, faderhede, Moderhede, and lordhede; and how our substance is in every person, but our sensualite is in Criste alone
God, the everlasting, blissful Trinity,
eternal, outside all beginning,
intended to make mankind eternal,
which fair nature was first assigned
to His Son, the Second Person.
And in the Trinity’s full accord,
He made us all at one,
uniting us, one with Himself,
by which union we are kept, clean
and noble as we were made.
By virtue of that precious union
we love our Maker: liking Him,
praising Him, thanking Him,
and endlessly treasuring Him.
And this is the work continually wrought
in every soul to be saved,
which is God’s intent as described above.
Thus in our making
God almighty is our kindly father,
God all-wise is our kindly Mother,
with the Holy Spirit’s love and goodness,
all one God, one Lord.
And in that knitted unity
He is our very true spouse,
and we His beloved wife, His fair maiden,
His wife with which He is never displeased.
For He said,
I love you, and you love me, and our love shall never be divided.
In the work of the whole blessed Trinity
I saw and understood these three properties:
the property of the fatherhood,
the property of the motherhood,
the property of the lordship,
in one God.
In our Almighty Father we are kept
in the bliss of our kindred substance,
created in Him at our making
outside all beginning.
In the Second Person, in mind and wisdom,
we have our keeping in our sensuality,
our restoration and saving,
for He is our Mother, brother, and saviour.
And in our good Lord the Holy Spirit
we have our reward and harvest
for our life and our work;
and endless surpassing of all we desire,
in His marvellous courtesy,
by His high plentiful grace.
For all our life is in three:
In the first we have our being,
in the second we have our increase,
and in the third we have our fulfillment.
The first is kindship, the second is mercy, the third is grace.
For the first, I saw and understood,
the high might of the Trinity is our father,
the deep wisdom of the Trinity is our Mother,
the great love of the Trinity is our Lord;
and all this we have in kinship
and in our substance, made in God.
Furthermore I saw the Second Person,
which is our Mother substantial,
that same dear, worthy person
is become our Mother sensual
For we are doubly of Gods making,
that is to say, substantial and sensual.
Our substance is the higher part,
which we have in our father God Almighty.
The Second Person of the Trinity
is our kindred Mother, made in our substance,
and in whom we are grounded and rooted.
He is our Mother in mercy,
taking flesh in our sensuality.
Thus our Mother works in us in various ways,
in whom our parts are kept undivided.
In our Mother Christ we profit and increase;
in mercy He remakes and restores us;
and by the virtue of His passion
and His death and uprising,
unites us to our substance.
Our Mother works in mercy to all His children
who are compliant and obedient to Him.
Grace works with mercy in two properties
of the third person, the Holy Spirit.
He works rewarding and giving:
reward is the Lord’s liberal payment
deserved and given him that has travailed;
giving is a courteous action He does
with free grace, fulfilling and surpassing
all that creatures deserve.
Our substance is our father, God Almighty,
our substance is our Mother, God all-wise,
our substance is our Lord, the Holy Spirit, God all-good
We exist in our father, God Almighty;
remade, restored, united and made perfect
in our Mother Christ of mercy,
fulfilled, yielded and given in grace
by the Holy Spirit.
For our substance is whole in each person
of the Trinity, which is one God.
And the sensuality of our soul
is only in Jesus Christ, the second person,
in whom is the Father and the Holy Spirit;
in Him, by Him, we are mightily freed
of Hell and the wretchedness in earth,
worshipfully brought up into Heaven,
blissfully made one with our substance,
increased in riches and nobility
by all the virtues of Christ, and
the grace and work of the Holy Spirit.