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DE VESTIMENTIS, ET CALCEAMENTIS FRATRUM.

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7 Apr. VESTIMENTA fratribus secundum locorum Dec. qualitatem ubi habitant, vel aerum tem- . periem dentur, quia in frigidis regionibus amplius indigetur, in calidis vero minus. Hæc ergo consideratio penes Abbatem sit. Nos tamen mediocribus locis sufficere credimus Monachis per singulos cucullam et tunicam: cucullam in hyeme villosam; in æstate puram et vetustam, et scapulare propter opera: indumenta pedum, pedules et caligas. De quarum rerum omnium colore aut grossitudine non causentur Monachi, sed quales inveniri possunt in provincia, qua degunt, aut quod vilius comparari potest.

Abbas autem de mensura provideat, ut non

OF THE CLOTHES AND SHOES OF THE BRETHREN.

LET clothing be given to the Brethren suitable to the place where they live, and to the temperature of the air; because in cold countries more is needed, and in warm, less. The arrangement of all this shall be left to the discretion of the Abbot. Nevertheless we believe that for temperate places, it will be sufficient for each Monk to have a cowl and tunic; the cowl in winter to be of thicker stuff, but in summer finer and worn thin; also a scapular for work, and shoes and stockings to cover their feet. Let not the Monks find fault with the colour or coarseness of these things; they shall be such as can be procured in the country where they live, or bought at the cheapest rate.

sint curta ipsa vestimenta utentibus eis, sed mensurata. Accipientes nova, vetera semper reddant in præsenti, reponenda in vestiario propter pauperes. Sufficit enim Monacho duas tunicas et duas cucullas habere propter noctes, et propter lavare ipsas res. Jam quod supra fuerit, superfluum est, et amputari debet. Et pedules, et quodcumque est vetustum, reddant, dum accipiunt novum. Femoralia hi qui diriguntur in via, de vestiario accipiant: qui revertentes lotaibi restituant. Et cucullæ et tunicæ sint aliquanto his, quas habere soliti sunt, modice meliores; quas exeuntes in viam accipiant de vestiario, et revertentes restituant.

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8 Aug.

Stramenta autem lectorum sufficiant, 8 Dec.matta, sagum, lena et capitale. Quæ tamen lecta frequenter ab Abbate scrutanda sunt, propter opus peculiare, ne inveniatur. Et si cui inventum fuerit, quod ab Abbate non acceperit, gravissimæ disciplinæ subjaceat. Et ut hoc vitium peculiare radicitus amputetur, dentur ab Abbate omnia quæ sunt necessaria : id est, cuculla, tunica, pedules, caliga, bracile, cultellus, graphium, acus, mappula, tabulæ, ut omnis auferatur necessitatis excusatio. A quo tamen Abbate semper consideretur illa sententia Actuum Apostolorum: quia "dabatur singulis,

Let the Abbot take care of their dimensions, that they be not too short, but of a size suitable to those who wear them. On receiving new clothes, let them always give up the old ones at once, to be laid by in the wardrobe for the poor. For it is sufficient for a Monk to have two tunics and two cowls, as well for change at nights, as for the convenience of washing. Anything beyond this is superfluous and must be cut off. Also, they shall give back their shoes, and whatever is worn out, when they receive anything new. When sent on a journey, they shall receive drawers from the wardrobe, and on their return shall restore them washed clean. Let their cowls and tunics on such occasions be somewhat better than those they ordinarily use. They shall receive them on setting out, and restore them to the wardrobe on their return.

Let a straw mattress, a blanket, coverlet and pillow, suffice for their bedding. This the Abbot shall frequently examine, to prevent the vice of propriety or ownership; and if anyone be discovered to possess anything which he hath not received from the Abbot, let him be subjected to the severest correction. To root out this vice, let all things be given them by

prout cuique opus erat."1 Ita ergo et Abbas consideret infirmitatem indigentium, et non malam voluntatem invidentium. In omnibus tamen judiciis suis Dei retributionem cogitet. 1 Act. iv. 35.

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