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 The Versified Life of Saint Francis  - 481 

Rough; the voyage is no longer benign,
While the weary travellers are blown on to the Slavic coast.a

180There Francis waits for a westerly, is held up by an easterly,
And in the end he senses the rise of a northerly.
And now he prepares to return, since he cannot proceed.
Christ was recalling his servant, albeit his purpose
Was sound, for more useful purposes still; the evangelic

185Master he denies the Parthians, he now gives back to Ausonians.b




Legenda Sancti Francisci Versificata, Fontes Franciscani, p.

Ingreditur: ventus surgit contrarius, aequor
Incipit esse fretum, via desinit esse salubris;

180Aura fatigatos Geticas appellit ad oras.
Praestolatus ibi Zephyrum, detentus ab Euro,
Tandem Franciscus Boream insurgere sentit,
Iamque redire parat, cum. non procedere possit.
Christus enim servi votum, licet utile, propter

185Utilius revocat, evangelicique magistrum
Eloquii Parthis negat, Ausoniisque remittit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 481

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