The Versified Life of Saint Francis  - 451 

From fortune to misery, from riches to poverty;
Or is it from misery to fortune and from poverty to riches?

185The coverings of sackclotha he wears are full of holes,
He who used to wear ornamented new clothes of soft wool
And change with the seasons his plumed ones for silken
And the silken for plumed.




Legenda Sancti Francisci Versificata, Fontes Franciscani, p.

De felice miser, factus de divite pauper,
Immo de misero felix, de paupere dives.
Iamque fenestratos de sago gestat amictus,
Qui vestes gestare novas de vellere molli

220Arte laboratas solet, et mutare secundum
Tempore cindatis pennas cindataque pennis

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 451