Mechthild of Hellfde, 1277.
tr., Emma Frances Bevan, 1899
The mouth of the Lord hath spoken,
Hath spoken a mighty word;
My sinful heart it hath broken,
Yet sweeter I never heard;
"Thou, thou art, O soul, My deep desire
And My love's eternal bliss:
Thou art the rest where leaneth My breast,
And My mouth's most holy kiss.
Thou art the treasure I sought and found,
Rejoicing over thee;
I dwell in thee, and with thee am I crowned,
And thou dost dwell in Me.
Thou art joined to Me, O Mine own, for ever,
And nearer thou canst not be --
Shall aught on earth or in Heaven sever
Myself from Me?"