Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Hildegard Von Bingen

Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Hildegard Von Bingen

Article excerpt

Convent Elbingen, 1178

Our northern window brought us the Office,

voices of men sweetened by sacrifice,

but even they believed women are less.

Our southern window brought us the sky's light,

and, in moments between work and prayer,

calls and laughter from the world we had left.

Pledged as my parents' tithe to live thy praise,

I praise thee for freeing me as a girl

from a wife-mother's ordinary chores.

I thank thee for the gift of Living Light

that touched flame to a young novice's mind

and made me understand what stands in books.

I thank thee for the ways my visions show,

Enkindling Fire, Creator-Sustainer.

For the abbey given me and my sisters,

Alpha-Omega, Soaring Harmony. …

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