The Versified Legend of the Virgin Clare - 256 

15and a brilliant sign moved the crowd of people to Clare's praise.


1A mother's piety frequently offered her ten-year-old son,
crippled from his mother's womb, to the beneficent
Saint Francis in order that be might be cured by him.
When he was not cured, the holy compassionate virgin

5cured him. What that good master did not grant,
his disciple did. When the crippled boy was brought
to her tomb, after a few days had passed in customary
devotion, while his bones were cracking,
Clare made his crippled legs straight.


1Giacomo, a citizen of Gubbio, had a fifteen-year-old
son, who, because of his weak feet, was unable to stand
or to walk anywhere. His father wept as if he were a
public spectacle of his house. While the boy was sleeping

5on the ground and crawling in the dust,
he remained frustrated as he attempted to stand.
Nature had given him the desire to walk, but denied him the ability.
His parents' care offered the boy to Clare,
placing him near to her that, to use their words,

10he would be "her man," and, perhaps, be cared for by her.
She immediately healed the young man dedicated to her.
His parents hastened to Clare's wonderful tomb to offer him.




Legenda Versificata Sanctae Clarae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2395-2396

1595Ipsum glorificat verbis, signoque corusco
Plebis conventum movet ad preconia Clare.

XLII — De eodem.

Ex utero matris claudum puerumque decennem,
Quem sibi compatiens pietas materna frequenter
Almifico patri Francisco vovit, ab ipso

1600Curandum; nec curatum pia virgo miserta
Curavit. Quod non tribuit bonus ille magister,
Eius discipula confert. Ubi claudus ad eius
Devehitur tumulum: solita pietate diebus
Paucis decursis, crepitantibus ossibus, eius

1605Obliquos gressus in rectum Clara reducit.

XLIII — De eodem.

Eugubii civis, Iacobus cui nomen, habebat
Quinquennem puerum, qui gressu debilis in se
Sistere nequaquam poterat nee pergere quoquam.
Hunc velud ostentum mo[n]strumque domus pater eius

1610Flebat; qui terra cubitans, in pulvere repens,
Surgere et frustra temptans herebat: eundi
Velle sibi natura dedit, set posse negavit.
Hunc puerum Clare devovit cura parentum,
Adiciens illi, ut verbis utar eorum,

1615Quod suus esset homo, curatus forte per illam.
Quem sibi devotum mox sanat; eumque parentes
Mirifico Clare properant offerre sepulcro.

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 256

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