22 November 2017

The Feast of St Cecilia, Patroness of Musicians

Whilst William Caxton did, indeed, translate Legenda aurea into the English tongue and print it as one of the first book printed in English, it was written by Blessed Jacobus da Varagine, beatified by Pope Pius VII.

William Caxton, Golden Legend (1483)
The Life of Saint Cecilia

    Of Saint Cecilia
Saint Cecilia the holy virgin was come of the noble lineage of the Romans, and from the time that she lay in her cradle she was fostered and nourished in the faith of Christ, and always bare in her breast the gospel hid, and never ceased day ne night from holy prayers but recommended to God always her virginity.
And when this blessed virgin should be spoused to a young man named Valerian, and the day of wedding was come, and was clad in royal clothes of gold, but under she wore the hair[-shirt], and she hearing the organs making melody, she sang in her heart only to God saying, "O lord I beseech thee that myn heart and body may be undefouled so that I be not confounded."

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