A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 334 

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HOW HE DESCRIBED IMPURITY OF THE EYES TO INCITE THE BROTHERS TO THE PRACTICE OF CHASTITY

Among the other virtues he loved and wanted to be in his brothers, after the foundation of holy humility, he particularly loved a beauty and purity of character. Therefore, since he wanted to teach his brothers to have chaste eyes, he used to pierce eyes that are impure with this parable. "A powerful and pious king sent two messengers to his queen, one after the other. The first returned and simply reported her words verbatim, and he said nothing about the queen. Truly the eyes of the wise man stayed in his head and did not dart about the queen. The other returned and, after reporting a few words, launched into a long story about the queen's beauty. 'Truly, my lord,' he said, 'I saw a lovely woman; happy is he who enjoys her!' And the king said, 'You evil servant, you cast your shameless eyes on my wife? It is clear that you would like to buy what you inspected so carefully!' He then called back the first messenger and asked: 'What did you think of the queen?' And he answered: 'I thought very highly of her, for she listened gladly and patiently, and then replied wisely.' 'And don't you think she's beautiful?' the king asked. 'My lord,' he said, 'this is for you to see and discern; my job was simply to deliver messages.'

"And the king then pronounced his sentence: 'You have chaste eyes, even more you are chaste in body. Stay in my chamber and enjoy my delights. Let that unchaste man leave my house, so he does not defile my marriage bed.' "

Therefore he used to say: "Who would not fear to look at the bride of Christ?"

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THE THREE RECOMMENDATIONS HE LEFT FOR THE BROTHERS TO PRESERVE THEIR PERFECTION

One evening he wanted to vomit because of the disease of his stomach.a Because of the excessive exertion he put on himself, he vomited up blood all night until morning.

When his companions saw him already almost dying from the great weakness and affliction, they said to him with the greatest sorrow and flowing tears:

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 334