In the Venetian convent of Corpus Domini, Bartolomea recorded
THEY LONGED TO HAVE THE BODY OF CHRIST
IN THEM, EVEN AS THEY WERE IN THE BODY OF
every death. I record the else.
Bartolomea eulogizes only one man. He is the man who helped build
Corpus Domini. I can eulogize more than one man. I know more
men that can die than did Bartolomea.
Bartolomea sang softly: a hymn fevered in her hand.
Of Sister Piera she wrote:
she kissed and cleaned every sore on that body
Before this, thirty sisters had died in the hands of Sister Piera.
Bartolomea did not record her own death, except in that she left her
mark. The tattered inner dress of bones.
Of Sister Isabetta she reproduced these dying words:
I am stripped of myself and throw myself
entirely on him;
Or more gently:
may my Lord do with me as he pleases
I am going to my wedding