The Versified Life of Saint Francis (after 1283) - 96 

And the final outcome in fact confirmed the truth of his words.
70Brother Riccerio was one who noticed that hidden from Francis

81The power used was the same, though different the signs given.a
Many, throughout his acts, are the examples to be found
Making clear that Elijah's double spirit was fully his, 2 Kgs 2:9
Letting him perform signs and come to know of future things
And see into the minds of those present and those absent.

90That was then; but oft and again in different signs

95And whose special possession means owning nothing at all.

And then with manifold virtue he shone, like a vessel
Of gold that is adorned with every kind of precious stone.
The spirit indeed of all the just ones enveloped him,
So that in every virtue he became a man approved.
Clearer will these statements be from even a few examples.
The flesh with its passions crucifying Gal 5:24 he so tortured
As scarcely to allow his human nature to bear up.
Living in a human world it was the common things he took,
From the Gospel having taken doctrine for his way of life,
Shunning that falsehood, that heresy that certain foods rejects.
Nor is food in moral fault, but its abuse or lust for it;
At home with his companions he abstained from dainty foods.
96Although indulgence in meat was never his wish, once

111Or else we are a race of perdition."
Once in the night at prayer he three times Satan heard resound
The name "Francis"; "What do you want?" the holy man replied.
Answered the demon: "A sinner there is none in all the world
Who, if he is repentant, will not be spared, but to him who
Living austerity extreme destroys himself, no pardon
Will be given." The voice was that of the deceitful demon
Intent on drawing back the holy man to tepidity.
For a temptation of the flesh at once came upon him,
Instigated by the very one whose breath sets coals afire.
As the holy man felt it coming, throwing off what he wore,
Pitiless lashes he forcefully dealt himself with a cord.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 96