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Taking dictation…

29 Mar

Hildegaard's Universal Man (1165)

“But though I saw and heard these things, I refused to write for a long time through doubt and bad opinion and the diversity of human words, not with stubbornness but in the exercise of humility, until, laid low by the scourge of God, I fell upon a bed of sickness.

“Compelled at last by many illnesses, and by the witness of a certain noble maiden of good conduct and of that man whom I had secretly sought and found, I set my hand to the writing.

“While I was doing it, I sensed the deep profundity of scriptural exposition. Raising myself from illness by the strength I received, I brought this work to a close.

“And I spoke and wrote these things not by the invention of my heart or any other person, but as by the secret mysteries of God I heard and received in heavenly places. And again I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me, ‘Cry out therefore, and write thus!’ ”

— Hildegaard of Bingen