Hildegard of Bingen

On Music

O Virtus Sapientiae

O virtus Sapientiae,
quae circuiens, circuisti,
comprehendendo omnia
in una via, quae habet vitam,
tres alas habens,
quarum una in altum volat,
et altera de terra sudat,
et tertia undique volat.
Laus tibi sit, sicut te decet,
O Sapientia.

English Translation

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© 2010 Norma Gentile. Available from Healing Chants. Reproduced with permission, all rights reserved.

O power of Wisdom
who circling, circled,
enclosing all
in one path, which has life,
having three wings,
of which one soars to the heights,
and another sweats on the earth,
and a third flies everywhere.
May praise be to you, just as befits you,
O Wisdom.