The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul - 385 

Can you believe the great patience,
and even the charity,
he showed in embracing bodily discomforts?
He now knows it perfectly,
but then it was impossible for him to express it.
However, as he could, he told a little to his companions.
It was then that he composed
the Praises about Creatures,
rousing them in any way
to praise of the Creator.

THE PASSING OF OUR HOLY FATHER OUT OF THIS WORLD

Chapter CLXII
HOW AT THE END HE ENCOURAGED AND BLESSED HIS BROTHERS

214At a human's end, says the wise man,
comes the disclosing of his works,
and we see this gloriously fulfilled in this saint.
Running eagerly on the road of God's commandments, Ps 119:96 [Vulgate, Ps 118:96]
he scaled the steps of all the virtues
until he reached the very summit.
Like a malleable metal,
he was brought to perfection
under the hammering blows of many tribulations,
and saw the end of all perfection.a
Then his wonderful work shone all the brighter,
and it flared out in the judgement of truth
that everything he lived was divine.
He trampled on the allure of mortal life
and escaped free into the heights.
For he considered it dishonor to live for the world,
loved his own to the very end, Jn 13:1
and welcomed Death singing.
When he approached his final days
—when light eternalb was replacing
the limited light that had been removed—

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 385