Hildegard von Bingen - Vision (O Euchari in leta via)
Hildegard von Bingen - 1098 - 1179 - was born in the 11th century in Germany. She said that she 'met God' and started receiving visions from Him. She was illiterate at the time that she 'met God' and it was illegal back than for a woman to learn how to read and write. After she met God, she was able not only to read and write in several different languages, but she was also able to compose mus More..ic. The only reason she was not arrested for doing so, is that the people believed her account of meeting God and receiving visions from Him.
The music that she composed was the actual music that she heard when she met God. It was the music straight from Heaven that the angels were singing, to praise God
Most of the music that she wrote was in Latin.
Hildegard von Bingen - O Euchari
Ubi cum Filio Dei mansisti,
et miracula eius que fecit videndo,
O Euchari, in leta via
ambulasti ubi cum Filio Dei mansisti,
et miracula eius que fecit videndo
Tu eum perfecte amasti
cum sodales tui exterriti erant,
pro eo quod homines erant,
nec possibilitatem habebant
bona perfecte intueri.
Tu autem in ardenti amore plene
caritatis illum amplexus es,
cum manipulos preceptorum eius
ad te collegisti.
You trod in the path of joyousness
when you tarried with the Son of God,
touching him and seeing
the miracles that he wrought.
You loved him perfectly
when your fellow-travellers were terrified
because they were men
and had no chance to see Divine Good perfectly.
But you in the full love of burning devotion
cherished him when you garnered
the bales of his command for yourself
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you walked blithely when you stayed
with the Son of God,
touching him, watching
You loved him with a perfect love
when terror fell on your friends --
who being human had no
strength to bear the brightness
of the good.
But you -- in the blaze of utmost love --
drew him to your heart
when you gathered the sheaves
of his precepts.
when the Word of God possessed you
in the blaze of the dove,
when the sun rose in your spirit,
you founded a church in your bliss.
Daylight shimmers in your heart
where three tabernacles stand
on a marble pillar
in the city of God.
In your preaching Ecclesia
savors old wine with new --
a chalice twice hallowed.
And in your teaching Ecclesia
argued with such force
that her shout rang over the mountains,
that the hills and the woods might bow
to nurse at her breast
Pray for this company now,
pray with resounding voice
that we forsake not Christ
in his sacred rites,
but become before his altar
a living sacrifice.
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