The First Letter to Agnes of Prague - 44 

holy poverty and bodily want.a 7Thus You took a spouse of a more noble stock,b Who will keep Your virginity ever unspotted and unsullied, the Lord Jesus Christ,

8Whom in loving, You are chaste;
in touching, You become more pure;
in embracing, You are a virgin;c
9Whose strength is more robust, generosity more lofty,
Whose appearance is more handsome, love more courteous,
and every kindness more refined,
10Whose embrace already holds you;
Who has adorned Your breast with precious stones, placed priceless pearls on Your ears,d
11surrounded You completely with blossoms of springtime and sparkling gems
and placed on Your head
a golden crown as a sign of Your holiness. Sir 45:14 e

12Therefore, most beloved sister, or should I say, Lady worthy of great respect, because You are the spouse and the mother and the sister 2 Cor 11:2 Mt 12:50 of my Lord Jesus Christf 13and are beautifully adorned with

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Epistola Ad Sanctam Agnetem De Praga I, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2263-2264


6quae omnia respuentes, toto animo et cordis affectu magis sanctissimam paupertatem et corporis penuriam elegistis, 7sponsum nobilioris generis accipientes, Dominum Iesum Christum, qui vestram virginitatem semper immaculatam custodiet et illaesam.

8Quem cum amaveritis casta estis,
cum tetigeritis mundior efficiemini,
cum acceperitis virgo estis;
9cuius possibilitas fortior, generositas celsior,
cuius aspectus pulchrior, amor suavior
et omnis gratia elegantior.
10Cuius estis iam amplexibus astrictae,
qui pectus vestrum
ornavit lapidibus pretiosis
et vestris auribus
tradidit inaestimabiles margaritas,
11et totam circumdedit vernantibus
atque coruscantibus gemmis
atque vos coronavit aurea corona
signo sanctitatis expressa.

12Ergo, soror carissima, immo domina veneranda nimium, quia sponsa et mater estis et soror Domini mei Iesu Christi, 13virginitatis inviolabilis et paupertatis sanctissimae vexillo resplendentissime insignita, in sancto servitio confortamini, pauperis Crucifixi ardenti desiderio inchoato,

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 44

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