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FLORENTINE LAUDA TO ST FRANCIS 

URSULA BETKA
 

 
Sia laudato san Francesco, qué che aparve crucifixo come Redemptore

A Cristo configurato,
de le piache fue signato
inperciò che avea portato
scripto in core lo suo amore.

Molti messi avea mandate
la divina Maiestate,
et le genti predicate
come dicon le Scripture.

Intra quali non fue trovato
nullo privilegiato,
d'arme nuove corredato,
cavaliere a tanto honore.

A La Verna, monte sancto,
stava 'l sancto con gran pianto;
lo qual pianto torno in canto
il seraphyno consolatore.

Quando fu da Dio mandato
san Francesco lo beato,
il mondo ki era intenebrato
recevette gran splendore.

Per divino spiramento
fugli dato intendimento
di salvare da perdimento
molti ch'eran peccatori.1

Let Saint Francis be praised, the one who bore the marks of crucifixion like the Redeemer.

 Made to resemble Christ,
 he was branded with His wounds,
 because he had carried
 the love for Him written in his heart.

The Divine Majesty
 had sent many messengers,
 and peoples were evangelized
 as the Scriptures say.

 Among them no other
 privileged knight was found,
 equipped with new arms
 in such an honourable way.

 On the holy mount of La Verna
 the holy man was weeping copiously;
 the comforting seraphim
 turned that weeping into a song.

 When blessed Saint Francis
 was sent by God,
 the world, that was in the darkness,
 received great splendour.

 By divine inspiration
 he was given the aspiration
 to save from perdition
 many sinners.2


Giovanni Bellini, St Francis in Ecstasy, Mont'Averna, New York, Frick Gallery and Art Reference Library


This lauda is illustrated in Florence BNC BR 18 and BR 19 with an image of the saint receiving the Stigmata at La Verna.3

  1BR 18, L.87. Wilson and Barbieri, The Florence Laudario, p.xciv.
  2Translation provided by Wilson and Barbieri, The Florence Laudario, p.xciv
  3Laudario of Santo Spirito, Br 18, L.87; Laudario of Sant'Egidio, BR 19, L.82

At Assisi, in the Basilica's Treasury, they treasure St Francis' patched and ragged habit:


 
 

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