The tenth Revelation is that our Lord Jesus shewith in love His blissid herte cloven in two enjoyand. Twenty-fourth chapter.
Our Lord joyfully looked in his wounded side;
and in His sweet looking
led His creature’s understanding
by that same wound into His side.
so He brought to mind
His dear blood and precious water *
which He willingly poured out for love.
* Blood-water: the time of events and the spear thrust match blood/plasma separation, known to butchers, soldiers and executioners alike. It is evident an hour after death, with the dividing level just below the abdomen in a hanged body. If an incision is made above this level clear plasma (‘bloodwater’) flows out.
If the incision is close to the blood/plasma divide mainly plasma flows at first, drawing an increasing amount of blood as the weight of plasma above the level of the blood decreases.
If the incision is below the blood level then blood flows first followed by plasma, which matches the sequence in the various accounts and fits with the height of a crucified body above the soldiers.
And with that sweet sight
He showed His blissful heart
even broken in two.
And in this sweet enjoying
He let me partly understand
the blessed Godhead;
stirring my simple soul to know
the meaning of that endless love
that was without beginning,
and shall be forever.
Then He showed a fair, delectable place
large enough for all mankind that shall be saved
to rest in peace
and in love.
And with this our good Lord said full blissfully,
See, how I loved you;
as if He had said,
“My darling, behold and see your Lord,
your God that is your maker and your endless joy;
see what delight and bliss I have in your salvation,
and for my love, enjoy it now with me.”
And also, for more understanding,
this blessed word was said:
See, how I loved you. Behold and see
that I loved you so much before I died for you
that I wished to die for you,
and now I have died for you,
and suffered willingly to do so.
And now is all my bitter pain
and all my hard travail
turned to endless joy and bliss
to me and to you.
How should it now be
that you should ask anything of me that delights me,
but that I should full gladly grant it to you?
For my delight is your holiness
and your endless joy and bliss with me.
This is the understanding of this blessed word,
See, how I loved you
as simply as I can say.
This our good Lord showed
to make us glad and merry.