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shouted to heaven, filled the air with her cries, and called upon the virgin Clare: 7"O holy and glorious Clare, return my poor son to me! 8Return," she said, "return my poor little boy to his mother, 9because, if you don't, I will drown myself."

10The neighbors ran after the wolf [and] found the boy who had been brought into the woods by the wolf and next to him a dog that was licking his wounds. 11The ferocious beast had first thrust his fangs into the [boy's] neck; then, in order to carry off its prey more easily, it had filled its jaws with the boy's loins. But it had not left in either place any sign of its sudden attack. 12After obtaining the answer of her prayers, the woman ran off with her neighbors to her helper and poured out abundant thanks to God and the holy Clare, showing everyone who wished to see the boy's various wounds.

61. 13A certain young girl from the village of Cannara was sitting in a field on a certain clear day and another woman had placed her head in her lap. 14Behold, a man-eating wolf suddenly made quick, furtive steps toward its prey. 15The young girl saw him, in fact, but she was not afraid since she thought it was a dog. 16While the woman directed her attention to inspecting the [other's] hair, which she had just begun doing, the savage beast jumped on her, enclosed her face in his massive jaws, and carried off its prey to the woods. 17The dumbfounded woman got up immediately and, recalling Saint Clare, cried out: "Help, Saint Clare, help! I now entrust that young girl to you!" 18At that moment—it's wonderful to state—that girl who had been carried off in the teeth of the wolf was reprimanding it 19and was saying: "Will you take me any further, you thief, after I have been entrusted to such a virgin?" 20Confused by this reproof, it immediately placed the girl gently on the ground and, as though it were a thief caught off guard, quickly departed.

The Canonization of the Virgin, Saint Clare [Chapter XLI]

62. 1When the throne of Saint Peter was occupied by the most gentle prince, Lord Alexander IV, a man who was a friend of all holiness, who was both a guardian of religious and a firm supporter of the Orders, the news of these wonderful things spread




Legenda Sanctae Clarae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2449

clamores in excelsum levat, et ululatibus aerem complens, virginem Claram invocat, dicens: Sancta et gloriosa Clara, redde mihi miserum filium meum. 8Redde, ait, redde infelici matri natellum. 9Quod si non feceris meipsam aquis necabo.

10Currentes itaque vicini post lupum, reperiunt infantulum a lupo in sylva dimissum, et canem iuxta puerum eius vulnera deligentem. 11Cervici primos iniecerat morsus bestia fera: dehinc ut praedam levius ferret, ipsius pueri renibus suas impleverat fauces, et utrobique non levis attactus signa reliquerat. 12Voti compos effecta mulier, cum suis vicinis ad suam properat adiutricem et pueri varias plagas omnibus videre volentibus monstrans, Deo et sanctae Clarae gratias copiosas exsolvit.

61 1Puella quaedam de castro Cannarii, clara die in agro sedebat, in cuius sinu mulier altera reclinaverat caput. 2Et ecce lupus hominum rapax, furtivos ad praedam concitat gressus. 3Quem tamen puella vidit, sed quia canem credidit, non expavit. 4Cumque infantula coepto intenderet scrutinio capillorum, efferatur in illam bestia truculenta, eiusque vultum suo vasto hiatu concludens, praedam portabat ad sylvam. 5Surgit protinus mulier stupefacta et sanctae Clarae memor, clamitat, dicens: Succurre, sancta Clara, succurre; tibi in hac hora puellam istam commendo. 6Ipsa denique, mirabile dictu, quae lupi dentibus portabatur, contra lupum invehitur, 7dicens: Portabis me tu latro ulterius, tantae Virgini commendatam? 8Qua invectione confusus, puellam statim in terra molliter posuit, et quasi latro deprehensus, festine discessit.

De canonizatione sanctae Clarae Virginis.

62 1Residente autem in sede Petri clementissimo principe domino Alexandro IIII, viro totius sanctitatis amico, qui et Religiosorum tutela et Religionum firma erat columna, dum horum mirabilium relatio curreret,

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 328