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Catholic World (1917)


Catholic World (1917)

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Excerpt from book: ciation of the precise qualities of things that gives character to his thanksgiving. Sister Water is useful and humble and precious and chaste. Brother Fire is fair and pleasant, robust and brave. The familiar and dear legends that tell of the preaching to the birds, the taming of Brother Falcon, are all indications of the new attitude to life, that grew out of the great freedom and the abiding joy of St. Francis. Music and singing and dancing are among the delights of heaven now, music especially. It catches one's heart to read how Francis, as he lay suffering and dying, begged one of the brothers, who had formerly been a musician, to play to him, that his heart might be lightened and his pain beguiled. But the Brother was ashamed to go and borrow a lute, lest the world might count him too pleasure-loving. Francis meekly acquiesced in the scruple which would never have troubled his own simple soul. For his part, one suspects, his sympathies would rather have gone out to Brother Juniper of the merry heart, who went playing see-saw with the children, lest he should be accounted too pious by the passers-by. But in despite of the demure brother, St. Francis heard music after all, for the angels made him a concert that night, with sweeter sounds than human fingers could have summoned up. One is glad to know that music did not die away in the Order. Bonaventura tells of one Andrea da Pisa, who played on a violin, " high and clear and sweet and tender, and agreeable beyond measure." Another, Fra Vita de Lucques had a delightful voice, and " when a nightingale or a thrush sang in a thicket, the bird would be silent when Brother Vita began to sing, and to listen curiously without moving, and begin again when he had ended, and thus the two answered each other, and nothing could b...  
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