The Versified Life of Saint Francis  - 516 

105A happy wretch is on his way, a sad one heads for gladness,
The lowest of creatures reaches stars; marked for death,
He shall seize on life, a tired one takes his leisure.
So let no one be my friend, I pray, that pities me;
It is joy he must share with me. Rejoice with me 1 Cor 13:6

110For I am called from pain to pleasure, a prisoner in a mundane
Cell to liberty celestial. As a finishing touch to my work
For Christ so gracious, sing ye a song of joy,a
And hymn your praises on my behalf."b
He said his say. The brothers about begin the psalms.

115And now, while they continue singing, he sings himself,
Though dying, and with what voice he has, breaks into
This psalm: "With all my voice I cry to the Lord." Ps 142:2 [Vulgate, Ps 141:2]
•Next he asks for this Gospel reading: Jesus was certain
Before the day of Passover that his hour had come Jn 13:1

120When he should pass to the kingdom of the Father
From the prison of the world and the rest.
On this instruction, the minister brings the book, opens it,
And amidst the various lessons in the big volume
This is the one that first appears.

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Legenda Sancti Francisci Versificata, Fontes Franciscani, p.


105Migro beata miser, ad gaudia moestus, ad astra
Infimus, ad vitam moribundus, ad otia fessus.
Inde peto ne quis mihi compatiatur amicus;
Immo coëxsultet. Mihi congaudete vocato
De poenis ad delicias, de carcere mundi

110Ad libertatem caeli: Christoque labores
Dignanti finire meos, exsolvite laetum
Carmen et hymnidicas pro me depromite laudes ".
Dixerat. Incipiunt adstantes psallere fratres;
Iamque licet moriens canit ille, canentibus illis,

115Et psalmum qua voce potest, erumpit in illum:
Voce mea ad Dominum calmavi.Mox sibi poscit,
Haec Evangelii recitetur lectio: Certus
Ante diem Paschae Iesus quia venerit hora
Eius ut ad regnum Patris de carcere mundi

120Transeat, et reliqua; quo praecipiente, minister
Fert aperitque librum tantique voluminis inter
Tam varias eadem se lectio primitus offert.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 516

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