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the business, Francis sent him away without giving him alms. After the poor man left, touched by divine grace, he began to accuse himself of great rudeness,a saying: "If the poor man had asked in the name of a count or a powerful baron, you would have granted him his request. How much more should you have done this for the King of Kings and the Lord of all?"

Because of this incident, he resolved in his heart, from then on, never to refuse a request from anyone asking in the name of so great a Lord. He called the poor man back and gave him a generous alms.

O heart, I say, full of all grace, fruitful and enlightened!
O unswerving and holy resolve,b
followed by that wonderful and unexpected omen for the future!
We should not be surprised,
for the Holy Spirit said through Isaiah:
When you will pour out your soul to the hungry
and will refresh the afflicted soul,
your light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall be for you like midday.
And
If you bestow your bread on the hungry,
then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your justice will go before your face.

5 After a while, a marvelous thing happened to this blessed man which in my estimation should not be passed over in silence. One night when he was asleep in his bed, someone appeared to him calling him by name. He led him into a palace of unspeakable beauty, filled with military arms, its walls covered everywhere with shining shields emblazoned with crosses.

He inquired to whom these brightly shining arms and this beautiful palace belonged. "All these things, including the palace," said the guide, "belong to you and your knights."

Upon awakening, he began to interpret this in a worldly way, like someone who had not yet fully tasted God's Spirit. He thought he would become a magnificent prince. After giving the matter much thought, he decided to become a knight to obtain this princely power. After having as expensive a wardrobe as possible made for

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Anonymus Perusinus, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1312-1313


illectus cogitatione divitiarum et cura supradictorum, data licentia elemosinam denegavit. 3Quo recedente, divina prospectus gratia, coepit seipsum redarguere velut magnae rusticitatis 4dicens: « Si pro aliquo Comite vel Barone magno pauper huius postulasset, ei petita porrexisses. 5Quanto magis pro Rege Regum et omnium Domino c hoc facere debuisti? ».

6Cuius rei causa exinde in corde suo proposuit pro tanto Domino postulata de cetero se nemini negaturum. 7Et vocans dictum pauperem sibi elemosinam est largitus.

8O cor, inquam, omni plenum gratia, fructuosum et illuminatum!
9O firmum et sanctum propositum,
cui mirabilis et insperata succedit de futuris illuminatio, singularis.
10Nec mirum certe,
cum voce formata Sancto Spiritu vociferet Isaias:
Cum effuderis esurienti animam tuam
et animam afflictam repleveris,
orietur in tenebris lux tua
et tenebrae tuae erunt sicut meridies.
11Et:
cum fregeris panem tuum esurienti,
tunc erumpet quasi mane lumen tuum,
et anteibit faciem tuam iustitia tua.

5 1Huic beato Viro tempore procedente accidit quoddam mirum quod indignum puto silentio transeundum. 2Quia cum nocte dormiret in stratu suo, apparuit ei quidam qui, vocans eum ex nomine, duxit in quoddam indicibilis et speciosae amoenitatis palatium, plenum armis militaribus et etiam cruciatis resplendentibus clipeis ad murum pendentibus circumquaque.

3Quo interrogante cuius essent haec arma tanto splendore fulgentia et palatium sic amoenum, responsum accepit ab eo a quo ducebatur: « Haec omnia sunt tua cum palatio militumque tuorum ».

4Qui expergefactus coepit saeculariter cogitare, tamquam qui nondum plene spiritum Dei gustaverat, se debere in hoc magnifice principari. 5Qua de re eo multipliciter cogitante, deliberavit fieri miles, ut principatus huiusmodi sibi militi offerretur. 6Unde disposuit ad comitem Gentilem, praeparatis sibi pannis pretiosis, ut potuit, quatenus ab eodem comite miles fieret, in Apuliam proficisci.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 35

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