The Versified Legend of the Virgin Clare - 254 

XXXIX. A BLIND MAN RECEIVES SIGHT

1For twelve years a man called Iacobello had lost his sight.
He did not know how to make his way without the help of a guide;
otherwise, wandering in a dangerous and unfrequented place he would fall.
Once he was left alone by a boy and, as he walked incautiously

5without a guide, he fell and, in his fall, the poor man struck
his head and broke his arm.
One night while the man was sleeping on a bridge near Narni,
the image of this lady appeared to him,
calling him in his sleep: "Iacobello, why do you not

10come to me in Assisi and enjoy a friendly light?"
On waking in the morning, trembling he recounted
the vision to two companions who said to him: "We have heard
that a certain woman recently died there and that
the divine hand has shown many miracles

15at her renowned tomb." Excited by these things,
he directed his steps toward Assisi, and as he came
upon Spoleto he saw in his sleep what he had seen earlier.
Rising from the course of his rest out of love of the light,
he came to Assisi; and, with the crowds streaming there,

20a path to the virgin's tomb was not accessible to him.
He takes a stone for his head and falls asleep. He hears:
"If you can enter, The Lord will do good things for you."
He rises, cries with tears, and begs the crowd to make
a path for him. After an approach is made, he immediately

25takes off his clothes and his shoes, and
tied a shoe-lace around his neck. Then he came to the tomb.
A light sleep surprised him. The blessed Clare
directed him to rise cured and announce that
light had come back to him. He awakes, and senses

30that, through Clare, there is a bright light in place of the darkness.
He glorifies and praises God for so great a gift,
and he encourages those standing by to praise God.

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Legenda Versificata Sanctae Clarae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2393-2394


XXXIX — De ceco illuminato.

Bissenis annis Iacobellus nomine, visum
Perdiderat: sine ductoris solamine quoquam,
Quin rueret preceps et devius, ire nequibat.
Hic semel a puero dimissus et absque ducatu.

1540Pergens incaute, cecidit, graviterque cadendo
Collidens miser illi capud sibi fregit et ulnam.
Cum prope Narne[n]sem pontem de nocte cubaret,
Cuiusdam domine species apparuit illi,
Quem vocat in sompnis: 'Cur non ad me, Iacobelle,

1545Assisium properas et amica luce frueris?'
Evigilans mane tremebundus, visa duobus
Exponit soffis, cui 'Sic audivimus' aiunt
'Quod quedam domina nuper migravit ibidem,
Ad celebrem cuius tumulum miracula multa

1550Ostendit divina manus'. Permotus ad ista,
Dirigit Assisium gressus, veniensque Spoletum
Perspicit in sompnis eadem que viderat ante.
Otius exurgens cursum pre lucis amore,
Pervenit Assisium; turbisque fluentibus illuc,

1555Non patet accessus ad tumbam virginis illi.
Supponit lapidem capiti, sompnum capit; audit:
'Si potes intrare, tibi per Dominum bene fiet'.
Surgit, cum lacrimis clamat, turbasque precatur
Quod via prestetur. Postquam fit cessio, statim

1560Deponit vestes et se discaltiat, atque
Corrigia collum precingit, aditque sepulcrum.
Lentus ei sompnus obrepit. Clara beata
Precipit ut surgat sanus, lucemque refusam
Nuntiat. Evigilat, et ubi caligine pulsa

1565Clarum per Claram sensit sibi lumen adesse,
Clarificat laudatque Deum pro munere tanto,
Quodque Deum laudent astantes excitat omnes.

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 254

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