“All the sad relics” / A Memorable Fancy #056

“Saint Anthony’s tongue,” the priest said; “there it is preserved behind the altar, under glass. At the moment the saint died, they say, he had opened his mouth to speak, but too late. Several of us have examined the tongue’s configuration to understand that last holy message, measured its width, its curvature, its weight both in the humid season and in the dry. We have published papers and given scholarly talks; we have uttered brilliant profundities; we have prayed. And now, finally, we have divined the saint’s last words. Even so, there are those who speak against us.”

[– after Piero Camporesi]

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