Christ III
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1469 'Why did you forgo the lustrous life that for love I faithfully purchased with my body in aid of you, being abject, and why did you grow so witless that you knew no gratitude to the Ruler for your redemption? I ask nothing now for that bitter death of mine which I underwent on you behalf; but pay me for your life, since I once gave you mine as a ransom in worldly torment. I claim the life which you have sinfully destroyed with vices, to your own shame.
       
1480 'Why did you of your own free will, through wicked lusts and foul sins, filthily pollute the lodging-place, the cherished house I hallowed within you for my delight; and why did you shamefully blemish by evil-doing the body which I freed for myself from the fiends' grasp and then forbade it sin? Why do you more grievously hang me on the cross of your hands than I hung before? for indeed this seems to me more painful. The cross of your sins on which I am unwillingly fastened is presently more oppressive to me than was the other, which once I mounted of my own free will when your woeful state most moved me at heart, so that I led you out of hell on condition that you yourself would keep it so thereafter.
       
1495 'I was a beggar in the world, so that you should be prosperous in heaven; I was destitute in your country so that you should be blessed in mine. For all this you knew then in your heart no gratitude to your Saviour.
       
1499 'I commend you to comfort well my brothers in the worldly realm from among those possessions which I gave you on earth, and to help the destitute. Feebly have you fulfilled that; you denied it to the needy that they might enter under your roof, and in your hardheartedness you completely withheld clothing from the naked and sustenance from those without food. Though in my name the weary and the sick begged water for themselves in torment for a drink, devoid of means and consumed with thirst, you shamelessly withheld it from them. You did not visit those in grief nor speak to them a friendly word of consolation, so that they might attain in heart to a happier state of mind. All that you did to me, the King of heaven, by way of slight; for which you shall cruelly endure torment to existence infinite, and suffer banishment with the devils.'
       
1515 Then over all those there, over that doomed people, the Governor of victories himself will issue forth the appalling sentence fraught with pain; to the legion of those sinful souls he will say: