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.
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,
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.