Julian’s Comments (14)

Synne is more peynfull than Hell, and vile, and hurting kinde; but grace savith kinde and destroyith synne. The children of Jesus be not yet all borne, which pass not the stature of childhood livying in febilnes till thei come to Hevyn wher joys arn ever new begynnand without end.

Sixty-third chapter.

Here we shall see it is our true nature to hate sin,
and to truly hate sin by grace.

For nature is all good and fair in itself;
and grace was sent to save nature and destroy sin;
to bring fair nature back to God,
that blessed point from whence it came,
more noble and more worshipful
by the virtuous work of grace.

For it shall be seen with endless joy,
that nature has been tested in the fire of tribulation
before God in all His holiness,
and no lack, no default, found therein.

Thus nature and grace are of one accord,
for grace is God, and kindred nature is God.

He works in two ways, in one love;
neither way works without the other,
nor may they be parted.

And when we are given, by God’s mercy,
His help in nature and in grace,
we shall see sin is far viler, more painful than Hell;
with no likeness to us, for it is contrary to our fair nature.

For as truly as sin is unclean,
so it is also truly unnatural,
horrible to the beloved soul
that would be all fair, as shining in God’s sight
as nature and grace.

But we need not dread this,
except as dread may speed us;
but lament meekly to our dear Mother,
and He shall sprinkle us in His precious blood,
and make our soul fully soft and mild,
healing us beautifully in process of time
just as is most worshipful to Him,
and endless joy to us.

In this sweet, fair work He shall never cease nor rest
till all His dear children are born and brought forth.
This He showed in His spiritual thirst,
His love-longing, that shall last till judgement day.

Our life is planted in our true Mother Jesus,
in His own foreseeing wisdom
from beyond beginning,
with the Father’s high might
and the Holy Spirit’s high, sovereign goodness.

In taking our nature, He quickened us;
in his blessed dying on the Cross, He brought us endless life;
from that time, now, and ever until judgment day,
He feeds us and fosters us,
just as the high, sovereign kindness of Motherhood,
and the natural need of childhood, ask.

Our heavenly Mother is fair,
and sweet in the sight of our soul;
the children of grace are precious and lovely
in the sight of our heavenly mother,
with mildness, meekness, and all the fair virtues
belonging naturally to children;

for the child does not naturally despair of its Mother’s love;
the child is not naturally presumptuous;
the child naturally loves the Mother,
and equally, each of the other.
These are the fair virtues, and all others like them,
with which our heavenly Mother is served and pleased.

And I understood no higher standing in this life
than childhood weakness,
lacking in might and knowledge
until our gracious Mother brings us up
to our Father’s bliss,
and we shall truly learn His meaning
in His sweet words, where He says,
All shall be well, and you shall see that all manner of thing shall be well.

And then our Mother in Christ’s bliss
shall begin anew in the joys of our God,
which new beginning shall last,
newly beginning,

So I understood:
all His blessed children, born as his kindred,
shall be bought again into Him by grace.

Julian’s Comments (13)

The love of God suffrith never His chosen to lose tyme, for all their troble is turnyd into endless joye; and how we arn al bownden to God for kindness and for grace. For every kind is in man, and us nedyth not to seke out to know sondry kindes, but to Holy Church.

Sixty-second chapter.

Then He showed our frailty and our fallings,
our breakings, our failures, our malice,
our out-casting, and all our woe
as low as I thought it might fall in this life.

And in these He showed His blessed might,
His blessed wisdom, His blessed love,
that He keeps us at these times as tenderly
and as sweetly to His worship,
and as securely to our salvation,
as He does when we are in most solace and comfort.

In this He raises us spiritually,
highly in Heaven, turning it all to His worship,
turning it to our joy without end.
For His love never lets us waste time.

All this is of God’s kindred goodness
by the work of grace.
God is kindred in His being;
that is to say, natural goodness
that is kind by nature,
is God.

He is the ground, He is the substance,
He is the essence of kinship;
and He is very father and Mother of kindness;
all nature that He has made,
to flow from Him and work His will,
shall be restored, brought again into Him,
by man’s salvation through the work of grace.

Of all the forms and kinds He has set,
in part, in many creatures,
in man is all the whole:
in fullness and virtue, fairness and goodness,
in royalty and nobility, all forms of solemnity,
preciousness and worship.

In this we may all see we are bound
to God in kinship and grace.
We need not seek afar to know these things,
but to Holy Church, in our Mother’s breast,
our own soul where our Lord dwells;
there shall we find all;
now, in faith and understanding,
and hereafter, truly in Himself,
clearly in that bliss.

no man or woman should take this solely to themselves;
it is not so; it is general.

For it is to our precious Christ,
this fair kind was arrayed
for the worship and nobility of our making,
for the joy and bliss of our salvation,
just as He saw, desired, and knew
from without beginning.