pg 244XVIII. QVOMODO CORVI NOXAM QVAM VIRO DEI INTVLERANT PRECIBVS ET MVNERE PVRGARINT
- Critical ApparatusRescindunt corui nigro sub crimine pactum
- Critical Apparatuseffringuntque domus ruptoque e culmine culmos
- in propriae gaudent transferre cubilia prolis.
- Hos uatis cessare monet, spretisque suadelis,
- 435'Hospitium fratrum quid', ait, 'laceratis? Abite
- huius et extorres patriae durate per aeuum!'
- Editor’s NoteCritical ApparatusDixerat, et tristes abeunt; triduoque peracto
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatusalter adest uati pedibusque uolutus et alas
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatuslugubre sparsus ueniam reditumque precatur.
- Editor’s Note440Patrata qui pace redit sociumque reuisit.
- Critical ApparatusTandem ambo ueniunt alacres adipemque suillam
- Critical Apparatussecum digna ferunt uati dona, unguine cuius
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatuscalciamenta pius mollire ualeret; et exim
- innocuo condunt illic sua tecta paratu.
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus445Quid fera praetumido ceruice, superbia, ferues?
- pg 246Editor’s NoteCritical ApparatusCerne uiam corui et caecum depone furorem,
- Critical Apparatusqui precibus noxam fletuque et munere purgat.
- Critical ApparatusNec pudeat uitae uolucrum de pectore formam
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatussumere, cum moneat Sapientia: 'Respice calles
- Critical Apparatus450quos formica terat, sensumque addisce sagacem.'
pg 245XVIII. HOW BY MEANS OF PRAYERS AND A GIFT THE RAVENS REPAIRED AN INJURY WHICH THEY HAD INFLICTED ON THE MAN OF GOD
[VCA iii. 5; VCP c. 20]
The ravens rescind this treaty by a black deed; they attack his outhouses and delight in removing thatch from his damaged roof to use for nests for their own offspring. The saint warns them to stop, and when they ignore his entreaties he says to them: 'Why do you demolish the monks' guesthouse? Be gone , and remain forever as exiles from this land!' He spoke, and they depart, saddened; and after three days one of them comes to the saint and throws itself at his feet, and spreading out its wings piteously, begs forgiveness and permission to return. After peace has been made he departs and revisits his companion . In due course they both arrive happily and bring with them some pork lard as a worthy gift for the saint, with the fat of which the holy one was able to treat his leather shoes; and thereafter they build their nest from innocent materials. Why, savage arrogance, do you boil up with swollen neck ? pg 247Put aside your blind rage, and study the ways of the raven, which redeemed its injury by prayers, weeping, and a gift. Let it not be disgraceful to take a model for your life from the feelings of birds, since the Book of Wisdom exhorts us: 'Look to the pathways trodden by the ant, and learn from them rational behaviour' .