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Author: Raymond, of Capua, 1330-1399.
Title: Here begynneth the orcharde of Syon in the whiche is conteyned the reuelacyons of seynt [sic] Katheryne of Sene, with ghostly fruytes [and] precyous plantes for the helthe of mannes soule.
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Print source: Here begynneth the orcharde of Syon in the whiche is conteyned the reuelacyons of seynt [sic] Katheryne of Sene, with ghostly fruytes [and] precyous plantes for the helthe of mannes soule.
Raymond, of Capua, 1330-1399., James,

[Imprynted at London: In flete strete, at the sygne of the sonne, by me Wynkyn de Worde, The yere of oure lorde. M.CCCCC. [and] xix, and the. xxviii. daye of Septe[m]ber. [1519]]
Alternate titles: Vita di S. Catarina da Siena. English Vita di S. Catarina da Siena. Orcharde of Syon.
Notes:
A translation of an Italian translation of Ambrosianus Catherinus of a Latin version of: Raymond of Capua. Vita di S. Catarina da Siena.
Imprint from colophon.
Signatures: pi a-z6 [et]6 [rum]6 [us]6 A6 B4.
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Reproduction of the original in the British Library.
Subject terms:
Catherine, -- of Siena, Saint, -- 1347-1380.
Mysticism -- Early works to 1800.
URL: http://name.umdl.umich.edu/A18180.0001.001

Contents
title page
The prologue.
¶ Another prologue.
table of contents
¶ The chapyters of the fyrste parte.
Capitulum primum.
Ca. ij.
¶ Ca. iij.
para; Ca. iiij.
Ca. v.
¶ The chapyters of ye secūde parte.
Ca. i.
¶ Ca. ij.
¶ Ca. iij.
¶ Ca. iiij.
¶ Ca. v.
¶ The chapyters of ye thyrde parte.
Ca. i.
¶ Ca. ij.
¶ Ca. iij.
¶ Ca. iiij.
Ca. v.
¶ The chapyters of ye fourth parte.
Ca. i.
Ca. ij.
¶ Ca. iij.
¶ Ca. iiij.
¶ Ca. v.
¶ The chapytets of the fyfte parte.
Ca. i.
¶ Ca. ij.
¶ Ca. iij.
¶ Ca. iiij.
¶ Ca. v.
¶ The chapyters of ye syxte parte.
Ca. i.
¶ Ca. ij.
¶ Ca. iij.
¶ Ca. iiij.
¶ Ca. v.
¶ The chapyters of ye seueth party.
Ca. i.
¶ Ca. ij.
¶ Ca. iij.
¶ Ca. iiij.
¶ Ca. v.
¶ Here foloweth a prologue.
¶ Here begynneth the boke of dyuyne doctryne. That is to saye of goddes techynge. Gyuen by the persone of god the fa¦der / to the intelleccyon of ye gloryous vyrgyn seynt Kathe∣ryn of Seene / of the ordre of seynt Domynycke. whiche was wrytē as she endyted ī her moder tongue / whā she was in cō¦tēplacyō / & rapt of spyryte / she herynge actualy. And ī ye same tyme / she tolde before many what our lorde god spake ī her.
¶ And here foloweth ye fyrst chapytre of this boke. which is how ye soule of this mayde was oned to god & how yt she made .iiii. petycyons to oure lorde in that tyme of contem¦placyon / and of the answere of god / and of moche other do¦ctryne / as it is specyfyed in ye kalender before. Capi. i.
¶ The seconde chapytre is how eche vertu and defaute is by some meane or maner of a mānes neyghbour. And how vertues ben wroughte in man by some meane of his neyghbour. And so forthe of the same mater as it is specy∣fyed in the kalēder. Ca. ii.
¶ The thyrde chapytre is of ye vertu of dyscrecyon / & fyrst how a soule shall not put his affeccyon nor effectuall wor∣kyngel bodyli penaūce pryn¦cypally / but in inwarde ver∣tues / and forthe of the same mater / as it is specyfyed in ye kalender before. Ca. iii.
¶ The .iiii. chapytre is how that the workynge of ye blys∣sed soule of this mayde by yt answere of oure lorde / bothe encreased and fayled in yt byt¦ternesse of her soule / and how that she made her prayer for his holy chyrche / and for his people / and of other maters ī the same chapyter / as it is re∣hersed to you before in the ka¦lender. Ca. iii.
¶ Howe that synne is more greuousli punisshed after cry stes passyon / than before / and how god dothe promyse vs to shewe vs mercy ī this trā∣sytory worlde / and to the ho∣ly chyrche / by the menes of good and holy prayer with penaūnce. Ca. v.
¶ The seconde boke.
¶ The fyrste chapytre of the seconde partye / maketh mency∣on of a brydge how god made a brydge of his loue whan the waye of goynge to was broke by inobedyence of by ye whiche brydge people maye suer / passe.
¶ The seconde chapytre is how that blissed brydge god¦des sone hathe thre grees / by ye whiche ben betokened thre states of a soule. ¶ And how this brydge whā it is reysed vp in to the erthe / it is not de∣parted fro the erthe. ¶ Also how this reason shall be vn∣derstōde. ¶ Siego exaltat{us} fuero a terra: omnia traham ad me. ¶ And forthermore of the same mater / as it is re∣hersed before to you in the ka¦lendre. Ca. ii.
¶ The thyrde chapitre shew¦eth how oure lorde whan he ascended vp to heuen / he de∣parted hym not fro the erthe ¶ Also hold this soule as she wōdered on ye mercy of god / she besyed her to thynke on the multytude of his gyftes and graces / whiche came of that mercy. Ca. iii.
¶ The .iiii. chapytre is how the fruyte of this tree is as∣moche dyuers / as is ye dyuer∣syte of synnes ¶ And here he sheweth fyrste of the fiesshly synne / and the fruyte of some trees is auaryce. ¶ And of some comen vnryghtwyse∣nesse / and specyally of suche mē that haue the state of do∣mynacyon / and so forthe of other synnes / as is made mē¦cyon before to you in the ka∣lendre. Ca. iiii.
¶ The fyfte chapytre is of ye seconde vndermynynge / in ye whiche vnryghtwysenes ben repreued / bothe in specy∣all and in generall. ¶ Also of foure pryncypall tourmētes of them that ben dampned / whiche all other tourmētes folowe / and in specyall of the foule syghte of ye fende. ¶ Al∣so of the thyrde reprefe in the daye of dome. ¶ Also of the Ioye of them that ben saued & blyssed / as is rehersed ī the kalendre. Ca. v.
¶ The .iii. boke.
Tertia. ¶ The fyrste chapytre of the .iii. party / sheweth of yt profyte of temptacyons / and how euery soule in yt last ende of his lyfe shall tast and fele by knowynge he fully pas / what peyne or ioye he shall haue after he is passed.
¶ The seconde chapytre tel∣leth how the preceptes of god maye not parfytely be kepte but a man kepe the counsey∣les. ¶ And how ī euery state oflyuynge / the whiche a mā she weth with a good wyll & holi to god is acceptable & ple¦synge to god / & how worlde∣ly men with all theyr ryches & goodes can not holde them contented / and of theyr peyne which they deserue for theyr wycked wyll / aswell in this lyfe / as after theyr dethe / and of other maters / as it is shew¦ed in the kalendre. Ca. ii.
¶ The .iii. chapytre telleth / how this soule fell in a mour¦nynge for the blyndenesse of them whiche were drowned in the floode before sayde. Al¦so how the grees bē fygured in the forsayd brydge / that is to saye in goddes sone / beto∣keneth the very .iii. myghtes of the soule / and of other ma∣ters / as is wryten before in ye kalender. Ca. iii.
¶ The fourte chapytre tel∣leth whan oure lorde wolde shewe to this deuoute soule / yt the thre grees of the brydge be fygured by the thre states of the soule. ¶ Than he bad her lyfte vp herself aboue her¦selfe to beholde this sothefast¦nesse. Also how this deuoute soule beholdynge in the myr¦rour of god sawe dyuers crea¦tures go in dyuers wayes / & of other maters / as is rrher∣sed in ye kalendre. Ca. iiii.
¶ The fyfte chapyter telleth how god sheweth hymselfe somtyme to a soule that lo∣ueth hym ¶ Also why cryste sayde not. Ego manifestabo. &c. I shall shewe my fader / but he sayde / I shall shewe myselfe what maner of go∣uernaunce a soule shall kepe / that she maye come vp to the seconde gree of ye holy brydge ¶ And of other maters / as it is rehersed before in the kalē∣der. Ca. v.
¶ The fourthe boke.
¶ The fyrste chapytre of the .iiii. party / speketh of prayer / & fyrste in what maner a soule shall gouerne her / yt she maye come to pure loue and lyberall / and moche of this .iiii. partel speketh of prayers and of teres.
¶ This seconde chapytre tel¦leth of theym that wyll not helpe nor cōfort theyr neygh∣bours in theyr nede / bycause they wolde not be letted nor leue theyr owne cōforte / pe∣ase / nor rest. ¶ Also of the dys¦ceyte the whiche goddes ser∣uauntes haue / that louē god with suche vn{per}fyte loue be∣fore sayde / and other maters as it is rehersed before in the kalender. Ca. ii.
¶ This thyrde chapytre tel∣leth of tokens / wherby it is knowen that a soule is come to parfyte loue. ¶ And how vnparfyte men wyll onely fo¦lowe ye fader / but parfyte mē folowe the sone. ¶ Also god sheweth a vysyon / ye whiche this deuoute mayde hadde / in ye whiche vysyon is shew∣ed of dyuers baptymes and of other fayre thynges & pro∣fytable. ¶ And of other ma∣ters / as it is rehersed before in the kalendre. Ca. iii.
¶ How a {per}fyte soule yt is pas∣sed fro this worlde / seeth ful∣ly the glory & the laude of the name of god ieuery creature. ¶ And how in ye soule is en∣ded the peyne of desyre / and not the delyre. ¶ Also howe seynt Paule after tyme that he was take to se the glory of them that be in blysse / he co∣ueted to be vnboūde and vn losed frome the body / and so done they whiche come to ye thyrde & the fourthe foresayd state / and of other maters as it is shewed before in the ka∣lender. Ca. iiii.
¶ The fyfte chapyter of this party sheweth of the state of holy teres. ¶ And fyrst how this holy soule desyreth for to knowe of ye states & the fruy∣tes of holy teres. ¶ Also of ye dyfference of the foresayde te∣res / and how ther be fyue ma¦ners of teres. ¶ Also a shorte repetycyon of the menes be∣fore / and of other maters / as it is shewed in the kalender before. Ca. v.
¶ The fyfth boke.
¶ Also of ye thyrde and more parfyte lyghte of reason / and of the werkes yt a soule dothe whā it is come to that state / and of many maters and dy∣uers / as it is rehersed & shew∣ed to the before in the kalen∣der. Ca. i.
¶ The secūde chapyter is of tokens to knowe vysytacy∣ons or ghostly vysyons / whe¦ther they come of god or of ye fende. ¶ Also how god is the fulfyller of holi desyres of his seruauntes. ¶ And howe it pleaseth god moche whan a mā axeth and prayeth with parseueraūce / and knocketh at ye gate of his sothefastnes / and of other maters / as it is shewed before in the kalen∣der. Ca. ii.
¶ In this thyrde chapyter god sheweth to this soule of ye dygnyte of preestes / & of the sacrament of his holy body / & of them yt do receyue yt sacra∣ment worthyly. ¶ Also how all ye bodyly wyttes or felyn∣ges be dysceyued ī yt foresayd sacramēt / but not ye felȳunges of ye soule. ¶ Therfore with yt felynges or wyttes of ye soule yt holy sacrament shall be se∣en / rasted / & feled / and of other maters / as it is rehersed be∣fore in ye kalender. Ca. iii.
¶ The .iiii. chapyter speketh in the begynnynge of ye dyg∣nyte of preestes / & how yt ver∣tu of the sacramentes is not lessed nor mynyshed throwe the synnes of them that my∣nystre them / nor throwe the synnes of ye receyuer. ¶ And how god wyll not that secu∣lers of the worlde / correcke ye mynystres of holy chyrche. ¶ Also how god arecteth the parsecucyō yt is done to holy chyrche or to the mynystres / as it were do to hymselfe / & so of other maters / as is reher∣sed in the kalendre / in the be∣gynnige of ye boke. Ca. iiii.
¶ This fyfte chapyter spe∣keth of the dyfference of the dethe of ryghtfull men. ¶ Al¦so of the dethe of greate syn∣ners and of theyr peynes in ye ende or poynt of theyr dethe. ¶ And a repetycyō of moche more that is sayde after / and of dyuers & many other ma∣ters / as it is specyfyed in the kalender before. Ca. v.
Sexta ¶ The syxte boke.
¶ The fyrst chapyter speketh of ye syxte party / and it treateth moche of the prouydence of god / and fyrste of his prouydence generally / that is to say / how god prouyded man to be man / & how he formed hym of noughte to his ymage and lykenesse.
¶ The secōde chapyter shew¦eth how that god prouyded ī some specyall case to ye soule yt falleth. ¶ Here god shew∣eth his prouydence agaynste his creatures in dyuers ma∣ners / & maketh his cōpleynte of ye vntruth of his creatures / & he expouneth a fygure of ye olde testament / and sheweth there a profytable doctryne / with other maters / as is re∣hersed in ye kalender. Ca. ii.
¶ The thyrde chapyter is of ye prouydence of god / agaynst thē yt be abydynge in deedly synne / of ye whiche prouydēce yt god vseth & ordeyneth for thē yt be ī vn{per}fyte loue & cha∣ryte / & a shorte repetycyon of ye foresayd wordes / & of other maters / as is rehersed in ye ka¦lender. Ca. iii.
¶ The .iiii. chapyter is of the prouydēce of god in generall that he vseth ī his creatures in this lyfe & in ye other. ¶ Al∣so of the prouydēce of god for his poore seruaūtes / helpige thē with tēporall goodes / & other maters as it is specyfy∣ed in ye kalender. Ca. iiii.
¶ The fyfte chapyter is of ye excellence of them whiche be poore ī spyryte / & how cryste taughte vs of this pouerte / not oneli bi worde / but by en¦sāple / also of ye prouydence of god for thē yt take this pouer∣te / & a short repeticiō of ye fore sayde dyuyne prouydēce / al∣so other maters / as is reher∣ced in the kalender. Ca. v.
Septima ¶ The seuenth boke.
¶ The fyrste chapyter of the seuēth party / and the chapyters of this party speke of the vertu of obedyence / & fyrste how ode¦dyence is had / and what is that thynge / whiche putteth obe¦dyence fro vs / & what is the token of obedyence yt a mā hathe it or that he haue it not & who is the felowe of obedyence / and of whome it is noryshed / and of other maters / as it is specy∣fyed in the kalender. Ca. i.
¶ The secōde chapyter is of them that sette somoche loue to obedyēce / that it suffyseth not to them for to obey to the generall obedyence / as to the commaundymentes of god / but yf they take & be bounde to some specyall obedyence. ¶ Also how a mā cometh & by what maner fro the gene∣rall obedyence to the specyal / and of the excellences of rely∣gyon / and of other maters as be rehersed before in the kalē∣der. Ca. ii.
¶ The thyrde chapyter is of the paruersytes / myseryes / & labours of thē whiche be not obedyent / and of the mysera∣ble fruytes that come of vno∣bedyence / of the imparfeccyō of them that be slowe or vn∣lusty in relygyō / all be it they kepe them fro deedly synne / & of ye remedy how they sholde come out of that vnlustynes / and of other maters / as be re∣hersed to you in the kalder be¦fore. Ca. iii.
¶ The fourthe chapyter is dystynccyon of two maners of obedyences / that is to saye of obedyence of relygyous pe¦ople / and of obedyēce whiche is done to a certayne parsone out of religiō for god. ¶ How god rewardeth not after the trauayle of obedyence / nor af¦ter the lengthe of ye tyme / but after the magnytude of cha∣ryte / and of other maters lon¦gynge to obedyence / as it is specyfyed before in the kalen¦der. Ca. iiii.
¶ The fyfte chapyter of this laste party is of a repetycyon of all the hole boke / and how this deuoute soule yeldynge worshyp and thankynges to god / made a prayer for all ho∣ly chyrche & for al the worlde / and here is commended the vertu of feythe / & so is ye ende fulfylled of this boke. Ca. v.
¶ Lenuoye of Dane Iames the translater.
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