You Who Are Also There


Hadewijch II, translated by Jane Hirshfield



Published by: 

Hickory Street Publishing
Item Voicing Media Price
HSP-115-01 SATB with divisi, sop and tenor soloists, a cappella

First Readings Choir, J. David Moore, conductor


You Who Are Also There

All things
are too small
to hold me,
I am so vast

In the Infinite
I reach
for the Uncreated

I have touched it,
it undoes me
wider than wide

verything else
is too narrow

You know this well,
you who are also there

Program Notes: 

Very little is known about Hadewijch II, a Flemish Beguine from the 13th century. Hers are the 13 poems, appearing to be in another hand, which follow the 16 poems by Hadewijch I. According to the translator, Jane Hirshfield, these poems are more “metaphysical and intellectual” and “introduce a new vocabulary of words…which would be drawn upon later by male mystics such as Ruysbroeck and Eckhart.” from Women In Praise of the Sacred by Jane Hirshfield
* The First Readings Project Choir, J. David Moore, director (St. Paul, MN) - listen above

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