The entire text is found in Gallia Christiana, X col. 342, LXVIII. See also the Cartulary of Saint-Firmin le Confesseur, Amiens, Bibl. mun., MS 520, fol. 30vo-31ro.
Certain places for the fabric of the cathedral church are acquired.
G[eoffrey], by divine permission, humble minister of the church of Amiens, J[acques d'Abbeville] the dean, and the entire chapter of the same church, to all those who read these present letters, greetings in the Lord. As the wise man said: "It is for man to propose, and for God to dispose." But when the ordinance of God comes to mortals, we cannot, unless we should hope, determine the consequence, whether it shall be good, or whether bad; coming for our correction or for our profit: so that the test of our faith is more precious than gold which is tried in the fire. For if because of our sins the Lord allowed our church to be consumed by fire let us believe this happended for our profit, considering the loftiness of divine counsel for the well-being of the human race Since it had been prescribed by Bishop Evrard, of shining memory, with the consent of the clergy and people of Amiens, inspired by God, that he should enlarge the foundations of the church and, as guardian of the vessels, cleanse the sanctuary, for this enlargement and cleaning it was appropriate, with common counsel, for the church of the blessed Firmin the Confessor to yield to the foundations of its mother church and because that church was inaccessible and out-of-the-way for its parishioners, and [because] the hospital house was in a dangerous place, to the detriment, it seemed, the entire city, it was added to the aforementioned ordinance that the church of the blessed Firmin should be be transferred to [the site of] the hospital, and the hospital to near the great bridge, to the place purchased by Johannes de Croy, once a worthy citizen of Amiens. This change, favorable to the Almighty, although delayed through the death of the bishop, nevertheless, by divine disposition, we believe, we and the citizens of Amiens, having first requested and obtained the consent of our lord the king, are united in the wish that the transfer of the said places should be made, with no obstacle preventing this, as it was formerly determined in the plan, since that exchange seemed equally to promote the honor and beauty of the entire city. Although for a time each party may grieve from this seeming dispersal, if [each party] sees the honor to come from this transformation of the city, then he shall change his sadness to joy, following the example of the holy man, who in most recent times preferred to suffer with God rather than to be blessed [from] the beginning. Know that it was added to this ordinance that a decent place was to be provided on one side of our mother church in which the priest of the blessed Firmin could assemble his parishioners and be bound to minister to them both solemnities of masses as well as the sacraments and other things, and that the canons of the same church should be present in the choir of the cathedral of Amiens for divine worship, until in the place of the afore-mentioned hospital is established a church, adequate and appropriate for both the priest in charge and the canons, to whom we have promised in good faith that we shall not delay, as much as it is in our power, to construct the said church so that they can exercise the divine office there, as they formerly did. And let our seals affixed to the present charter demonstrate and confirm that all these things are firm[ly] [established]. Done in the year of Our Lord 1236, on the second holiday of the Pascal days (put by G. Durand, Monographie, I, 15, on March 31).
The traditional interpretation is given by J.-J. De Court, Mémoires cronologiques, II, 3