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Original Latin Text

texts from the chants of
Hildegard von Bingen

O Splendidissima Gemma

O splendidissima gemma
et serenum decus solis
qui tibi infusus est,
fons saliens de corde Patris,

quod est unicum Verbum suum,
per quod creavit
mundi primam materiam,
quam Eva turbavit.

Hoc Verbum effabricavit tibi
Pater hominem,

et ob hoc es tu illa lucida materia
perquam hoc ipsum Verbum exspiravit
omnes virtutes,
ut eduxit in prima materia omnes creaturas.


English Translation

texts from the chants of
Hildegard von Bingen

O most splendid gem


O most splendid gem,
this fair grace like the sun
which pours through you,
is as a spring leaping from the Father's heart,

For this is His only Word,
and from this
the prime matter of the world was created,
which Eve disturbed.

So the Word was fashioned, by the Father,
into human form,

And therefore you are that one shining matter,
whereby the Word exhales all virtues,
drawing out all creatures from prime matter.

This chant appears on the recording Healing Chants