The Life of Blessed Francis - 595 

Therefore, we should respond piously
to the piety of the blessed man,
which had such remarkable gentleness and power
that it subdued ferocious beasts,
tamed the wild,
trained the tame,
and bent to his obedience
the beasts that had rebelled against fallen humankind.
Truly this is the virtue
that binds all creatures together,
and gives power to all things 1 Tm 4:8
having the promise of the life,
that now is and,
is yet to come.




Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 853

9Pie igitur sentiendum
de pietate viri beati,
quae tam mirae dulcedinis et virtutis fuit,
ut domaret ferocia,
domesticaret silvestria,
mansueta doceret
et brutorum naturam homini iam lapso rebellem
ad sui obedientiam inclinaret.
10Vere haec est,
quae cunctas sibi creaturas confoederans,
valet ad omnia,
promissionem habem vitae,
quae nunc est
et futurae.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 595