The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul - 244 

Chapter II
HOW HE CLOTHED A POOR KNIGHT
AND HOW HE SAW A VISION OF HIS CALLING WHILE STILL IN THE WORLD

5 After a short time
freed from his chains,
he became more generous to the needy.
Already he resolved
never to turn his face away from any poor person
who asked anything “for the love of God.”

One day he met a poor, half-naked knight, and moved by piety, for love of Christ, he generously gave him the finely tailored clothes he was wearing. Did he do any less than the great Saint Martin?a They did the same thing, with the same purpose, though in different ways.

Francis first gave away his clothes,
then everything else;
Martin gave away everything elseb
and then gave away his clothes.
Both lived poor and humble in this world
and both entered heaven rich. c
Martin was poor, but a knight,
and clothed a poor man with part of his clothes.
Francis was rich, but not a knight,
and he clothed a poor knight with all of his clothes.
Both of them,

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Vita Secunda Sancti Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p. 447-448


Caput Il

De milite paupere quem vestivit

et de visionesuae vocationis quam in saeculo vidit.

5 1Liberatus a vinculis,
elapso tempore modico,
fit erga indigentes pietate benignior.
2Firmat iam,
ut non avertat faciem suam ab ullo paupere,
quicumque amorem Dei proponeret in petendo.

3Die quadam pauperem militem et pene nudum obvium habuit, cui vestes proprias curiose paratas, quibus indutus erat pietate admonitus, pro Christi amore liberaliter dedit. 4Quid minus hic a Martino illo sanctissimo gessit, nisi quod, licet unius propositi et operis forent, in modo tamen dissimiles?

5Hic primus vestes quam reliqua;
ille, primo datis omnibus,
vestimenta dedit extremus:
uterque pauper et modicus vixit in saeculo,
uterque dives ingressus est caelum.
6Ille, miles sed pauper,
pauperem veste truncata contexit;
iste, non miles sed dives,
pauperem militem perfecta veste vestivit.
7Uterque,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 244