O magne Pater / Antiphon for God the Father

by Hildegard von Bingen

English version by Barbara Newman
Original Language Latin

Father,
Great is our need and we beg,
we beg with a word that was
fullness within us:
look again.
It is fitting -- let your word
look again that we fail not,
that your name be not
darkened within us.
Tell us your name again
lest we forget.

-- from Symphonia: A Critical Edition of the Symphonia armonie celstium revelationum, by Hildegard of Bingen / Translated by Barbara Newman

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