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The meaning of the name 'Cecilia'
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Second Nun's Tale
lines 120-140: Cecilia the virgin is married to Valerian


Here bigynneth the Seconde Nonnes Tale of the lyf of Seinte Cecile


120        This mayden, bright Cecilie, as hir lyf seith,
Was comen of Romayns, and of noble kynde,
And from hir cradel up fostred in the feith
Of Crist, and bar his gospel in hir mynde.
She nevere cessed, as I writen fynde,
125Of hir preyere, and God to love and drede,
Bisekynge hym to kepe hir maydenhede.
120       This virgin bright, Cecilia, her life saith,
Was Roman born and of a noble kind,
And from the cradle tutored in the faith
Of Christ, and bore his gospel in her mind;
She never ceased, as written do I find,
125To pray to God, and love him, and to fear,
Beseeching im to keep her virginity clear.

And whan this mayden sholde unto a man
Ywedded be, that was ful yong of age,
Which that ycleped was Valerian,
130And day was comen of hir mariage,
She, ful devout and humble in hir corage,
Under hir robe of gold, that sat ful faire,
Hadde next hir flessh yclad hir in an haire.
And when this maiden must unto a man
Be married, who was a young man in age,
And who had to his name Valerian,
130And when the day was come for her marriage,
She, meek of heart, devout, and ever sage,
Under her robe of gold, well-made and fair,
Had next her body placed a shirt of hair.

And whil the organs maden melodie,
135To God allone in herte thus sang she:
"O Lord, my soule and eek my body gye
Unwemmed, lest that I confounded be."
And, for his love that dyde upon a tree,
Every seconde and thridde day she faste,
140Ay biddynge in hir orisons ful faste.
And while the organ made its melody,
135To God alone within her heart sang she:
"O Lord, my soul and body guide to the
Unsoiled, lest I in spirit ruined be."
And for his love who died upon a tree,
Each second or third day she used to fast,
140And ever prayed she till the day was past.





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Cecilia's virginity is guarded by an angel
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