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Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo Virtutum DIVISIO (10​–​16)

from ORDO VIRTUTUM by The Song Company


...Contempt of the World, Celestial Love, Discipleship/Grace of God; Modesty, Mercy;
Victory (who will be the leader in the fight against the Devil), Discretion, and Patience.


Contemptus Mundi
10 Ego, Contemptus Mundi, sum candor vite.
O misera terre peregrinatio in multis laboribus –
te dimitto. O Virtutes, venite ad me
et ascendamus ad fontem vite!
O gloriosa domina,
tu semper habes certamina Christi,
o magna virtus, que mundum conculcas,
unde etiam victoriose in celo habitas.
Amor Celestis
11 Ego aurea porta in colo fixa sum:
qui per me transit numquam
amaram petulantiam in mente sua gustabit.
O filia regis, tu semper es in amplexibus
quos mundus fugit.
O quam suavis est tua dilectio in summo deo!
Disciplina / Gratia Dei
12 Ego sum amatrix simplicium morum
qui turpia opera nesciunt;
sed semper in regum regem aspicio
et amplector eum in honore altissimo.
O tu angelica socia,
tu es valde ornata in regalibus nuptiis.
13 Ego obtenebro et fugo atque conculco
omnes spurcicias Diaboli.
Tu es in edificatione celestis Ierusalem,
florens in candidis liliis.
O quam amara est illa duricia
que non cedit in mentibus,
misericorditer dolori succurrens!
Ego autem omnibus dolentibus
manum porrigere volo.
O laudabilis mater peregrinorum,
tu semper erigis illos,
atque ungis pauperes et debiles.
14 Ego Victoria velox et fortis pugnatrix sum –
in lapide pugno,
serpentem antiquum conculco.
O dulcissima bellatrix, in torrente fonte
qui absorbuit lupum rapacem –
O gloriosa coronata, nos libenter militamus tecum
contra illusorem hunc.
15 Ego Discretio sum lux et dispensatrix
omnium creaturarum, indifferentia dei,
quam Adam a se fugavit per lasciviam morum.
O pulcherrima mater, quam dulcis
et quam suavis es, quia nemo confunditur in te.
16 Ego sum columpna que molliri non potest,
quia fundamentum meum in deo est.
O firma que stas in caverna petre,
et o gloriosa bellatrix que suffers omnia!
O filie Israhel,
sub arbore suscitavit vos deus,
unde in hoc tempore recordamini plantationis sae.
Gaudete ergo, filie Syon!

10 I, Contempt-of-the-World, am the brightness of life.
O wretched pilgrimage on earth, with all your toils –
I let you go. O Virtues, come to me,
and we will climb up to the fountain of life!
O glorious lady,
you always fight the battles of Christ;
O great Virtue which treads the world underfoot,
by which you victoriously live in heaven.
Celestial Love
11 I am a golden gate set up in heaven:
whoever passes through me will never taste
bitter rebelliousness in her mind.
O royal daughter, you are always held
in the embraces which the world shuns.
O how tender is your love to God in the highest!
Discipline / Grace of God
12 I am a lover of simple ways
which know nothing ignoble;
but I always gaze upon the King of kings and,
as my highest honour, I embrace Him.
O you angelic companion,
how comely you are in the royal nuptials!
13 I cover over, drive away, and trample underfoot
all the rubbish of the Devil.
You are in the building of the heavenly Jerusalem,
flowering in shining white lilies.
O how bitter in human minds
is the harshness
that does not soften and mercifully ease pain!
I want to reach out my hand
to all who are sorrowing.
O praiseworthy mother of exiles,
you are always raising them up,
and anointing the poor and the weak.
14 I am Victory, the swift, brave fighter.
I fight with a stone,
I tread the ancient serpent under foot.
O sweetest warrior, in the cascade of the fountain
that swallowed up the rapacious wolf –
O glorious, crowned one, we will gladly fight
with you against that deceiver!
15 I am Discretion, the light and dispenser
of all creatures – the impartiality of God,
which Adam drove away by acting wantonly.
O most beautiful mother, how sweet you are,
how gentle – in you no one can be confused.
16 I am the pillar which can never be made to yield,
because my foundation is in God.
O you that stay firm in the rocky cavern,
and O glorious warrior who bears all.
O daughters of Israel,
God raised you from under the tree,
so now remember how it was planted.
Therefore rejoice, daughters of Jerusalem!


from ORDO VIRTUTUM, released December 1, 2021


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