Viriditas Translation 2013

Laura Ferris

In the beginning all creatures greened in the center flowers
flowered along the river and later greenness fell down.
And the soldier guy saw this and said:
I know, but the golden number isn’t full.

Hey you, father-mirror aspect,
my body didn’t hold up too well:
                                                    little parts of me died off.

And it’s still the case when you set eyes on me you can’t blink
until you see my body all full and jewelly.

I don’t hold up well, my body doesn’t,
when exposed to such contempt,
and I’m tired.


Hildegard von Bingen, Ordo Virtutum