The Versified Life of Saint Francis  - 438 

Disgusting is her cunning power.
Successor to the kingdom where such excellence holds sway

25Is the spirit of Envy; kindling minds with her evil fire,
Sparing no friend, sad to gladden relations, glad to sadden them.
Nor does she lack comrades: Detraction the biter, Judgment the liar,
Calumny the false, wrinkled-nose Mockery, and Malice the critic
Of valor, censuring the praiseworthy, lauding the blameworthy.

30Should Envy meet with little success, Anger
Is roused, to whom control is unknown, by whom the devil
Himself scarcely is spared. Behind her banner march
Violence, Ferocity, lurking Hatred with wicked intent,
Calamity that mothers all crime and will hear no complaint,

35Frenzy the fuel of anger, and Rage the fuel of frenzy;
Dare-devil also that stirs up cruel plots, arming the mind
For facing its dangers, the hand for its wars,
The tongue for insulting.
An evil is Anger all of us reproach ourselves with.

40But whatever be the origins from which anger sprang,
It finally turns into the vice of Acedia,a that finds
Everything boring and nothing of worth ever achieves.
Acedia's comrades are these: Chatter, knowing no shame,
Dawdling Torpor and Gossip perverse, Somnolence too,

45That turns day into night; Wantonness for whom waste
Of time is a laugh; Dreams foreboding the judgment to come,
Fear that pries into proofs of what happens in death,
And sorry Despair, afraid not on herself
To inflict her own gory death.

50This dolorous Acedia seeks the first solaces
Of avarice, her sister, that to doleful ones deals out
Wicked allurements: she supplies to the senses what
Is lacking in reason, compensating with transient lucre
For eternal damnation; one that of heaven despairs she bids

55Covet the earth, and the soul, for whom the very Creator
Himself denied, with goods created amuse itself.

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25Ficta papant lardum, virtusque sophistica sordet.
Huius ubi regnum premit excellentia maior,
Succedit, mentem succendens igne maligno,
Spiritus Invidiae, quae nulli parcat amico,
Affines gaudere dolens gaudensque dolere.

30Nec desunt illi comites: Detractio mordax,
Iudicium mendax, Infamia ficta, Cachinnus
Nares corrugans Livorque valentia carpens
Et reprobans laudanda, nefas reprobandaque laudans.
Si minus Invidiae succedant prospera, surgit

35Ira, nihil moderans et inexorabile monstrum
Vix sibimet parcens; cuius vexilla sequuntur:
Impetus et Feritas, desiderioque nocendi
Invigilans Odium, scelerisque. puerpera diri
Pernicies nullas exauditura querelas,

40Et Furor incendens iram, Rabiesque furorem,
Et qui crudeles temerarius incitet Ausus
Insidias, armans aut in discrimina mentes,
Aut in bella manus, aut in convicia linguas.
Cumque sit Ira malum, cuius nos poenitet omnes,

45Quoquo prorumpant irae primordia, finis
Vergit in Accidiae vitium, quae taedia rerum
Sentit, et in nullo virtutis perviat actu.
Accidiae comites sunt: postpositiva pudoris
Garrulitas, et Torpor iners, et Sermo sinister

50Nocturnansque diem Sopor, et Lascivia damno
Temporis arridens, et praesensiva futuri
Somnia iudicii, verosque probantia mortis
Argumenta Metus, et Desperatio tristis
Haud metuens mortem sibimet concire cruentam.

55Hic dolor Accidiae solatia prima sororis
Quaerit Avaritiae, quae blandimenta dolenti
Noxia praetendens, quod deficit ad rationem
Suppleat ad sensum, lucris aeterna caducis
Damna recompensans, desperantenique superna

60Terrenis inhiare iubens, animainque creatis
Oblectare bonis, cui se negat ipse Creator.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 438