The Versified Legend of the Virgin Clare - 251 

65and proclaim an account of your praise, pray that you
would take away the predator's world, restoring it to heaven.
The end of the first work about the life and death of the Virgin Clare.

XXXIV. THE BEGINNING OF A WORK ABOUT THE MIRACLES WHICH THE LORD REVEALED AFTER HER DEATH

1Thus far I have described the virgin's glorious deeds.
Thus far I have reported her brilli ant struggles.
Now it is fitting that I narrate the unknown miracles,
the marvelous signs with which the last pages of our booklet shine.

5The sun's excellent face does not need kindling.
Thus the splendid sun of her work and the light shining
from her life's merit would be sufficient
for the brilli ance of Clare's praise. We read that John
did not work
Jn 10:41 powerful deeds, yet no one was holier.

10Yet, because faith's tepidity and the people's
devotion demand it and because reverence for such a mother
impels us, drawing together a few from the many, leaving
many aside, I will write of miracles attested to under oath,
and give a faithful account of those shining with greater light.a

XXXV. THOSE FREED FROM THE DEVIL

1A certain boy named Giacomino, a citizen
of Perugia, was so burdened with a certain affliction,
so moved by frenzies, that people thought he was not
so much bound by a serious illness as possessed by a devil.

5At one moment he would desperately throw himself into a fire,

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Legenda Versificata Sanctae Clarae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2390-2391


1460Et tua magnifica preconia laude sonamus,
Celo restituens, predoni subripe mundo.

XXXIV — Incipit opusculum de miraculis que post mortem cius Dominus demonstravit.

Hactenus almificos descripsi virginis actus,
Hactenus exposui preclaros eius agones;
Nunc occulta placet miracula, mira referre

1465Signa, quibus nostri redolent extrema libelli.
Non eget accensu facis excellentia solis;
Sic ad preclara Clare preconia solus
Sufficeret splendor operis lumenque relucens
Ex vite merito. Nullas fecisse Iohannem

1470Virtutes legimus, quo nullus sanctior extat;
Set quoniam fidei tepor et devotio plebis
Exigit et tante matris reverentia cogit,
Perstringens aliqua de multis, plura relinquens,
Que sunt iurata scribam miracula, queque

1475Luce magis lucent, fido sermone retexam.

XXXV — De liberatis a demonio.

Quidam namque puer, lacobinus nomine, civis
Perusii, fuerat quadam sic peste gravatus,
Sic actus furiis, ut non tam pondere morbi
Esse putaretur lesus quam demone tentus.

1480Nunc disperate se precipitabat in ignem,

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