Christ III
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1312 Alas! were we now able to see in our souls the grievous crimes, the wounds of sins, and in the flesh the vicious broodings, and with our eyes the unclean inward thoughts; no man can tell another with what great zeal each would want fearfully to strive by every device of life and for being, to hold out longer, in order to salve the canker of sin, and correct himself and heal the blemish of his earlier wound in the little span there is of existence here; so that, being unashamed before the eyes of earth's inhabitants, free from reproach he may enjoy his home among mortals as long as body and soul are allowed to live, the two together.