Sequences in Honor of Saint Francis - 358 

Fregit Victor [Valiant Victor]
(Sometimes attributed to Thomas of Celano)

  1. Fracted has the valiant victor
    This man Francis, triumphantly
    Left the cross’s enemy.
  2. Hearty carrier of the cross,
    In spiritual battle, chief;
    Peerless among those that love.
  3. Whom the king to come, who would
    Combat, who would care, sent ahead
    With a massive assembly.
  4. He fortified him till secure
    He would amass his store of arms,
    To provide a sound defense.
  5. Tell us, tell us why, O Francis,
    To the cross why were you fastened?
    In that the Cross contemplating
    And my sinful flesh supplanting
    Always was my constant care.
  6. Tell us, tell us why, O Francis,
    To the cross why were you fastened?
    In that this world abdicating
    And the Cross by imitating,
    Of Christ’s life I was conveyor.
  7. Tell us, tell us why, O Francis,
    To the cross why were you fastened?
    Love of Jesus within me burned
    And its sweetness absorbed my heart,
    Amplifying its desire.
  8. Tell us, tell us why, O Francis,
    To the cross why were you fastened?
    Keeping the mind fixed firm on high,
    My heart, at sight of Jesus like
    A Seraph, was all on fire.
  9. Tell us, Francis, how did you fare
    When you had looked on Jesus there?

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 358

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