Childhood virtues of St. Rose of Lima, 1711

English Translation
IV

Her modesty could be read in her face as could gentleness in her nature; temperance in her breast, and abstinence curbing the childish habits of her lips: at times she cast herself upon the ground, mortifying her weak body, exercising her signal virtues, even before she had the use of reason.

V

The springtime of her life arrived and Rosa came to her golden season, with a Christian education she was raised, with divine examples she was cultivated, she knocked at the doorway of faith, a believer, even before reason could gain entrance, and after putting forth flower, the fruit [of holiness] emerged in her April, when only three Mays had passed.

VI

Instead of toys, which childhood greedily awaits to put to ordinary use, all of her leisure was spent, and her delight taken in religious prints, crosses and rosaries: her inclinations showed themselves in infancy, and gave signs of her great devotion, in her innocence, free of bad impressions, all her heart was moved to action.
   

Spanish Original
IV

Su modestia en el rostro se leìa, como en Su Natural la mansedumbre; del pecho su templanza la abstenìa domando el labio la pueril costumbre: à vezes con el suelo se imprimia, dandole al debil cuerpo pesadumbre, mostrando en sus virtudes por indicio, que antes que el uso tuvo el exercicio.

V

La primavera en su edad corriendo iba a ROSA en su estacion dorada, en la Christiana educacion creciendo, de ilustracion Divina cultivada: llamò à la puerta de la Fè, creyendo, antes que la razon tuviesse entrada, y empezò a hazer en flor, del fruto ensayos, sin contar en su Abril mas que tres Mayos.

VI

En vez de los jugetes, que codicia la infancia en sus empleos ordinarios, todo su passatiempo, y su delicia eran Estampas, Cruzes y Rosarios: la inclinacion brotaba en la Puericia, de su gran devocion indicios varios, que la innocencia libre de impressiones todo el pecho traslada en las acciones.
   








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