What shall I render unto the Lord, that, whilst my memory recalls these things, my soul is not affrighted at them? I will
love Thee, O Lord, and thank Thee, and confess unto Thy name; because Thou hast forgiven me these so great and heinous deeds
of mine. To Thy grace I ascribe it, and to Thy mercy, that Thou hast melted away my sins as it were ice. To Thy grace I ascribe
also whatsoever I have not done of evil; for what might I not have done, who even loved a sin for its own sake?
Yea, all I confess to have been forgiven me; both what evils I committed by my own wilfulness, and what by Thy guidance
I committed not. What man is he, who, weighing his own infirmity, dares to ascribe his purity and innocency to his own strength;
that so he should love Thee the less, as if he had less needed Thy mercy, whereby Thou remittest sins to those that turn to
Thee? For whosoever, called by Thee, followed Thy voice, and avoided those things which he reads me recalling and confessing
of myself, let him not scorn me, who being sick, was cured by that Physician, through whose aid it was that he was not,
or rather was less, sick: and for this let him love Thee as much, yea and more; since by whom he sees me to have been recovered
from such deep consumption of sin, by Him he sees himself to have been from the like consumption of sin preserved.