ANGELS: Hildegard’s Two Songs to the Angels

Song one:

O most glorious angels, O living light,
who, lower than divinity,
catch sight of the divine eyes
with the mystical indistinctness
of every created thing,
in burning longing,
whence you can never be quenched:
O how glorious are the joys your beauty holds,
which in you are undefiled
by every distorted action,
which first arose
in your companion,
the lost angel,
who wanted to fly above,
within the concealing
wing of God,
whence he, writhing,
was plunged into ruin,
but he established the instruments
of his overthrow through his counsel
to the handiwork of the finger of God.

Song Two:

O you angels,
who watch over the peoples,
whose beauty shines forth
in your countenance,
and O you archangels
who receive
the souls of the just,
and you virtues,
powers, principalities,
dominions and thrones,
who are counted
in the secret number of five,
and O you cherubim and seraphim,
seal of the secrets of God:
Praise be to you,
who catch sight of the place
of the ancient heart in the fountain.
For you see
the inner power of the Father
which breathes forth from his heart
like a face.
Praise be to you,
who catch sight of the place
of the ancient heart in the fountain.

 

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