more from
We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo Virtutum EXORDIUM (2)

from ORDO VIRTUTUM by The Song Company


In the first part the Patriarchs and Prophets are amazed by the brilliance of the Virtues and acknowledge them as the ‘fruit of the living eye’.


Patriarche et Prophete
2 Qui sunt hi, qui ut nubes?
O antiqui sancti, quid admiramini in nobis?
Verbum del clarescit in forma hominis,
et ideo fulgemus cum illo,
edificantes membra sui pulchri corporis.
Patriarche et prophete
Nos sumus radices et vos rami,
fructus viventis oculi,
et nos umbra in illo fuimus.

Patriarchs and Prophets
2 Who are these, who seem like clouds?
O ancient holy ones, why do you marvel at us?
The Word of God grows bright in the form of a man,
and so we shine with Him,
building up the limbs of His beautiful body.
Patriarchs and Prophets
We are the roots, and you are the branches,
the fruit of the living eye,
of which we were the shadow in Him.


from ORDO VIRTUTUM, released December 1, 2021


all rights reserved



The Song Company Sydney, Australia

The Song Company belongs to a land whose first peoples have always used songlines and vocal music to pass knowledge and culture from one generation to another. We bring together Australia’s finest voices in innovative performances, commissioning new music, emerging artist development, educational outreach, and collaborative music-making across art forms. ... more

contact / help

Contact The Song Company

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this track or account