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 The Versified Life of Saint Francis  - 467 

220Need itself, however great, we could well tolerate.
And no pauper exists who puts up with so much
That poverty cannot offer him still more to bear.
For liberal is the rest she gives and quiet is her freedom;
Nor is she torn apart by fickle fortune.a Instead she contemplates

225And prays, her gaze only on the only supreme good,
And solely supernal are her thoughts.
Have her to lead you, choose her to guide you,
And your faces shall not be abashed. Ps 34:6 [Vulgate, Ps 33:6] For just it is
And from God himself, that for whom mundane glory

230Holds no delights, the glory of heaven will bring enjoyment."

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Legenda Sancti Francisci Versificata, Fontes Franciscani, p.


245Si toleraret egens, tolerabilis esset egestas
Quantalibet; nullusque potest exsistere pauper
Tam patiens, quin sit paupertas plus patienda.
Libera namque quies ibi libertasque quieta,
Fortunae non distrahitur levitate, sed orat

250Et contemplatur, solius sola supremi
Inspectiva boni, solis intenta supernis.
Hanc vobis adhibete ducem, praeferte magistram,
Et facies vestrae non confundentur d: ab ipso
Namque Deo iuste datur, ut quos gloria mundi

255Delectare nequit, delectet gloria caeli ".

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 467

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