The Versified Life of Saint Francis  - 512 

The Thirteenth Book

OF NO BENEFIT TO HIM ARE ALL MEDICAL SKILLS; CARRIED INTO THE CITY OF ASSISI, HE IS NOT AFRAID OF THE HOUR OF DEATH, AND HE SINGS HIS OWN FUNERAL RITES, AS HIS SWAN-SONG.a

UPON his entry to the city, the papal court residing
There, greets his arrival with solemnity. All speedily
Come running; not one of them gives thought to his own
Affairs, and no matter what loss of rights of their own

5They incur, to have seen Francis is gain enough.b There is
No bargaining one with another: this one chance is sufficient
For all.c Great may it have been to set eyes on two-bodied
Chiron,d or the bull of Minos that ravaged the Athenians,e
Or the lynxes of Bacchus with their all-piercing stare,f

10Or rejuvenated Phoenix after momentary death,g
Or the wild boar let loose in Calydon,h or the Emperor's
Elephant,i or the wild asses whose nostrils spouted

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Legenda Sancti Francisci Versificata, Fontes Franciscani, p.


Liber XIII

Tertius a decimo medicis nihil artibus illum profecisse refert; et quomodo vectus in urbem Assisii mortis non formidaverit horam, exsequiasque suas cantaverit instar oloris.

Urbis in ingressu venientem Curia papae
Exsistentis ibi solemniter excipit; omnes
Occurrunt celeres, sua nullus agenda procurat,
Et iuris quaecumque sui dispendia passis

5Franciscum vidisse sat est: non altera cuiquam
Appetitur merces, haec sufficit omnibus una.
Cum sit enim magnum Chirona videre bimembrem,
Aut subvertentem taurum Minois Athenas,
Aut lynces Bacchi penetrantes omnia visu,

10Aut Phoenica brevi reparantem morte iuventam,
Immissumque ferum Calydonibus, aut elephantem
Caesaris, aut onagros, quorum cava naris ut arcus
Hostica Maeotidas emittit in ora paludes,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 512

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