Hildegard of Bingen

On Rivers

Introduction by Victoria Sweet

Hildegard says: "Nevertheless, if the same water is consumes in foods or drinks, or if it is poured over a person’s flesh in a bath or in face-washing, it puffs up the flesh, making it swollen, making it dark and distorted. It even darkens and swells up meats cooked in it. Because of its harshness it quickly passes into the flesh of a human. When fish from this river are freshly caught they are healthful to eat, but when they stand long they quickly rot, because they are bruised by the harshness of the water."

Original Latin