Transcribed by E.T.H. III from Instructions for the use of the beads, containing many matters of meditation or mental prayer, with diverse good advices of ghostly counsel. Compiled by John Bucke for the benefit of unlearned. And dedicated to the honorable good Lady, Anne Lady Hungarforde, sister to the Duchess of Ferria. Imprinted at Lovain in the year of our Lord, 1589.
¶ A man may with great commodity meditate upon the passion of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, in admiring his wonderful great charity, humility, and patience, which appeareth by four circumstances. To wit, if a man consider who he was that suffered : what he suffered : by whom he suffered : and for whom he suffered. Understand then that he which suffered was the Creator of the world : Lord commander and governour of all creatures : Goodness itself : the son of God, and God himself : he suffered banishment, hunger, thirst, cold, tentations, scorns, contumelies, bonds, beatings, wounds, and villainous cruelty, with all despite that the devil by man could execute against him. Therefore in weighing of these two circumstances (who and what) you may easily conceive, that the person so persecuted was so great, and the indignities which he endured were so monstrous, as you may well say and think, that the Judge of the world was himself arraigned and judged : Justice itself was condemned : Innocency itself was accused, blasphemed and defamed : Glory itself was with all opprobrie spit at : God himself openly to his face blasphemed : light extinguished : and life was slain : The Senior, Lord, and master of heaven and earth was put to death : to the most cruel, most shameful and most reproachful death of the Cross : and so horribly abused, as the very elements repined against the fact : The sun lost his light, and the earth trembled with the horror thereof. Here behold the marvelous patience of the sufferer : which in a moment, with a thought, might have consumed all those wretches, and thrown them into the fire of hell. And at whose hands did he bear all these indignities? of whom did he suffer these contumelious cruelties? for sooth of his own creatures whom he had made of naught : of his own servants and vassals, who had their being of him, and every other good thing else : Whom he had chosen and picked out from the rest of the world for his own peculiar people : whom he had highly advanced in the sight of the world.
¶ But for whom did he suffer these afflictions? not for any fault that he himself committed : but even for them that thus traitorously abused him : for them he suffered which contemn him and all goodness. He suffered these pains to deliver his enemies from pain : to pay their ransom and to redeem them from the danger of sin, from damnation, death and hell, if they would repent in time and reconcile themselves to him. If you deeply think of these four circumstances, you shall find matter enough to wonder at the mercy, clemency, patience, longanimity and charity of our Redeemer : and just cause shall you see to accuse, blame, and condemn yourselves of ingratitude, to fall in to repentance, grief, and sorrow for your sins : to seek to reform yourselves, and to flee to him for succour : to study with all love and duty to requite him with love, which for your sakes endured all these miseries.