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Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo Virtutum PERORATIO (22)
A final chorus follows, praising the Father and the King, His Son and champion of fallen humanity, and exhorting all to seek forgiveness on bended knee.
22 In principio omnes creature viruerunt,
in medio flores floruerunt;
postea viriditas descendit.
Et istud vir preliator vidit et dixit:
Hoc scio, sed aureus numerus nondum est plenus.
Tu ergo, patemum speculum aspice:
in corpore meo fatigationem sustineo,
parvuli etiam mei deficiunt.
Nunc memor esto,
quod plenitudo que in primo
facta est arescere non debuit,
et tunc te habuisti quod oculus tuus numquam
cederet usque dum corpus meum
videres plenum gemmarum.
Nam me fatigat quod omnia membra mea
in irrisionem vadunt.
Pater, vide, vulnera mea tibi ostendo.
Ergo nunc, omnes homines,
genua vestra ad patrem vestrum flectite,
ut vobis manum suam porrigat.
22 In the beginning all creation was verdant,
flowers blossomed in the midst of it;
but later the greenness withered.
And the Champion saw this and said:
“This I know, but the golden number is not yet full.
You therefore, behold Me, mirror of Your Fatherhood:
in My body I am suffering exhaustion,
even my little ones faint.
Now remember that the fullness
which was made in the beginning
need not have grown dry,
and that then You resolved that Your eye
would never falter until You saw My body
full of jewels.
For it wearies Me that all My limbs are exposed
Father, behold, I am showing You My wounds.”
So now, all you people,
bend your knees to the Father,
that He may reach you His hand. credits
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