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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Order
By Saint Francis of Assisi (1182–1226)
 
Translation of Maurice Francis Egan

[Our Lord Speaks]

AND though I fill thy heart with hottest love,
  Yet in true order must thy heart love me,
  For without order can no virtue be;
By thine own virtue, then, I from above
Stand in thy soul; and so, most earnestly,        5
Must love from turmoil be kept wholly free:
  The life of fruitful trees, the seasons of
  The circling year move gently as a dove:
I measured all the things upon the earth;
  Love ordered them, and order kept them fair,        10
    And love to order must be truly wed.
O soul, why all this heat of little worth?
  Why cast out order with no thought of care?
    For by love’s heat must love be governèd?
 
 
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