I make my complaint, not only on my own behalf but also on behalf of many of God's elect, before Your Majesty, concerning the plight of four sisters, daughters of a mighty king, each of whom held position and power within her inherited estate.
All those who wished to look on the beauty of these sisters received solace from their beauty and good example from their piety.
The first sister was called Humility in managing every deed to be done.
The second sister was called Abstinence from all sinful intercourse.
The third sister was called Contentment without any excess.
The fourth sister was called Charity regarding the affliction of one's neighbors.
These four sisters are now regarded as worthless on their own inherited estate and scorned by almost everyone.
In their place four other, illegitimate sisters have been installed. Though they are the offspring of a fornicator, they are now called noblewomen.
The first of these is Lady Pride, who lives to please the world.
The second is called Lady Desire, who follows the body's every appetite.
The third is called Lady Excess beyond the limits of necessity.
The fourth is called Lady Simony, against whose deception almost nobody can protect himself, since, whether things are rightly or wrongly acquired, she greedily takes it all in.
These four ladies contradict the precepts of God, wishing to render them worthless, and they are an occasion of eternal damnation to many souls.
Therefore, act in accordance with the love that God has shown you, and swiftly help to raise up the four sisters called virtues, which proceed from the very virtue of Jesus Christ the high King, and which have now been laid low in the Holy Church, the inherited estate of Christ.
Lay low instead the vices that are called ladies in this world, the traitors of souls, born of that traitor the devil, vice itself.