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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France

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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE
Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France
page 16



958 JOLNYTXLE'S MFMOTR8 OF SAINT LOUIS IX- £ρτ. I. were driven near to the isle of Cyprus by a wind called Garbun,* which is not one of the principal winds that rule the sea; and our vessel struck with such force on a rock as frightened our sailors, who, in despair, tore their clothes and beards. The good king leaped out of his bed barefooted, with only a gown on, and ran to throw himself on his knees before the boly sacrament, like one instantly expecting death. Shortly after, the weather became calm. On the morrow, the king called me and said, 4 4 Seneschal, know that God has shewn to us a part of his great power ; for one of these trifling winds, which scarcely deserves a name, had almost drowned the king of France, his queen, children, and family ; and S t Anceaune declares, they are the menaces of our Lord, as if God had said,4 Now see and feel that if I had willed it, you would all have been drowned.'" The good king added,44 Lord God, why dost thou menace us ? for the threat thou utterest is neither for thy honour nor profit ; and if thou badst drowned us all, thou wouldst not have been richer nor poorer : thy menaces, therefore, must be intended for our advantage, and not for thine, if we be capable of understanding and knowing them. By these threatenings," said the holy king, 4 4 we ought to know, that if we have in us the smallest thing displeasing to God, we should instantly drive it from us ; and, in like manner, we should diligently perform every thing that we suppose would give him pleasure and satisfaction. If we thus act, our Lord will give us more in this world and in the next than we ourselves can imagine. But should we act otherwise, he will do to us as the master does to his wicked servant ; for if the wicked servant will not correct himself, in consequence of the menaces he receives bis master punishes him in hie body, and in his goods until death, or farther were it possible. In such wise will our Lord punish the perverse sinner who shall not be reclaimed by the threats which he hears ; and he will be the more heavily stricken in body and goods." This holy king, and good man, took infinite pains, as yon shall hear, to make me firmly believe the Christian laws which God has given us. He said, we should so punctually believe every article of the faith, that for any thing that may be done against us personally, we ought not to act or say any thing contrary to them. He added, that the enemy of man * In Italian garbino ; called by English sailors a south-wester.


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