The Ensamples of Fra Filippo

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 262 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... Chapter The Fifth. THE REVERSE OF THE MEDAL. Yet will I leave me seven thousand in Israel all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. I Kings, xix, is..... scourgings, macerations, mortifyings, Fasts, disciplines that clear the spiritual eye, And break the soul from earth. Alfred Lord Tennyson, Becket, Act V, sc. I. The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. Alfred Lord Tennyson, Tin Passing of Arthur. L Thus far, in our consideration of the Assempri, we have dwelt almost exclusively upon such of them as treat of the terrible punishments which were meted out to evillivers. But Fra Filippo wrote not only for the admonition of the wicked, but also for the comfort of good and devout persons, ... that they, reading the legends and ensamples and miracles of the ancient saints, may not become less in the faith, beholding that, even in our days, God continually manifests himself in divers parts of the world."1 1 See the Prologue to the Assempri. And to this end it is evident that he penned his first Assempro--a story which stands in such strong contrast with most of the narratives which follow it that, for that, if for no other reason, I shall set it down in full. "Assempro I. "A miracle of the Virgin Mary. "There was in the City of Siena a little child whose mother had taught him the Ave Maria and the Pater noster, and had brought him up in the love and reverence of the Virgin Mary, instructing him with very great care both by example and by precept. And every evening before she put him to sleep, and in the morning when he arose, she caused him to make certain genuflexions, saluting the Mother of God. Whence the child, inspired b...

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