Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179)
O Comforting Fire of Spirit
O comforting fire of Spirit,Life, within the very Life of all Creation.Holy you are in giving life to All.
Holy you are in anointingthose who are not whole;Holy you are in cleansinga festering wound.
O sacred breath,O fire of love,O sweetest taste in my breastwhich fills my heartwith a fine aroma of virtues.
O most pure fountainthrough whom it is knownthat God has united strangersand inquired after the lost.
O breastplate of lifeand hope of unitingall members as One,O sword-belt of honor,enfold those who offer blessing.
Care for thosewho are imprisoned by the enemyand dissolve the bonds of thosewhom Divinity wishes to save.
O mightiest path which penetrates All,from the height to every Earthly abyss,you compose All, you unite All.
Through you clouds stream, ether flies,stones gain moisture,waters become streams,and the earth exudes Life.
You always draw out knowledge,bringing joy through Wisdom's inspiration.
Therefore, praise be to youwho are the sound of praiseand the greatest prize of Life,who are hope and richest honorbequeathing the reward of Light.
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