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Original Latin Text

texts from the chants of
Hildegard von Bingen

O ignis Spiritus Paracliti

O ignis Spiritus Paracliti,
vita vite omnis creature,
sanctus es vivificando formas.

Sanctus es ungendo
periculose fractos,
sanctus es tergendo
fetida vulnera.

O spiraculum sanctitatis,
o ignis caritatis,
o dulcis gustus in pectoribus
et infusio cordium
in bono odore virtutum.

O fons purissimus,
in quo consideratur,
quod Deus alienos colligit
et perditos requirit.

O lorica vite
et spes compaginis
membrorum omnium
et o cingulum honestatis,
salva beatos.

Custodi eos,
qui carcerati sunt ab inimico,
et solve ligatos,
quos divina vis salvare vult.

O iter fortissimum, quod penetravit omnia
in altissimis et in terrenis et in omnibus abyssis,
tu omnes componis et colligis.

De te nubes fluunt, ether volat,
lapides humorem habent,
aque revulos educunt
et terra viriditatem sudat.

Tu etiam semper educis doctos,
per inspirationem sapientie letificatos.

Unde laus tibi sit,
qui es sonus laudis
et gaudium vite,
spes et homor fortissimus,
dans premia lucis.


English Translation

texts from the chants of
Hildegard von Bingen

O Comforting fire of Spirit


O comforting fire of Spirit,
Life, within the very Life of all Creation.
Holy you are in giving life to All.

Holy you are in anointing
those who are not whole;
Holy you are in cleansing
a festering wound.

O sacred breath,
O fire of love,
O sweetest taste in my breast
which fills my heart
with a fine aroma of virtues.

O most pure fountain
through whom it is known
that God has united strangers
and inquired after the lost.

O breastplate of life
and hope of uniting
all members as One,
O sword-belt of honor,
enfold those who offer blessing.

Care for those
who are imprisoned by the enemy
and dissolve the bonds of those
whom Divinity wishes to save.

O mightiest path which penetrates All,
from the height to every Earthly abyss,
you compose All, you unite All.

Through you clouds stream, ether flies,
stones gain moisture,
waters become streams,
and the earth exudes Life.

You always draw out knowledge,
bringing joy through Wisdom's inspiration.

Therefore, praise be to you
who are the sound of praise
and the greatest prize of Life,
who are hope and richest honor
bequeathing the reward of Light.