The Versified Life of Saint Francis (after 1283) - 80 

The Final Section: his glorious passing, solemn canonization, and translation; the miracles in general, which, in the prose book on his virtues, are dealt with in particular.a

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THE BLESSED FRANCIS'S BEHAVIOR IN SECULAR GARB,
AND THE APPARITION HE HAD OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED.

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33His merchant father violent and sly!b
A virtuous mother gave birth to a boy, like another Saint Elizabeth
endowed with an heir and a prophet;
For when he was brought to the sacred font she called him John,
And indicating by this name his ministry of herald,
She foretold the boy's future of sanctity and renown.
Here is the reason, they say, he was later called Francis:
That the French tongue was given to him by heaven above;
In his fervent praising of God he was wont to use it.
And thus, God prompting, it was rather his father who called him
A new name by which he'd be best known all over the world.
A "Francis" indeed who, converting those heading for death,
Enfranchised the French from enslavement to sin, and carried
Within him a heart wondrously frank, noble, that is, and true.
And although father and kinsfolk, who'd delicately raised
The child surrounded by opulence and in ways that were vain,
Towards a transitory world's excesses and gains would haul him,
They could not do so fully, however, nor finish their work.
Yet, his father craving for trade with every breath he drew,
Francis is forced to involve himself in the same concerns.
Withdrawn from studies, he must put his mind to common pursuits.
From now on, he's taught, forget letters and think about wealth.

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