I cannot dance, O Lord,
Unless You lead me.
If You wish me to leap joyfully,
Let me see You dance and sing —
Then I will leap into Love —
And from Love into Knowledge,
And from Knowledge into the Harvest,
That sweetest Fruit beyond human sense.
There I will stay with You, whirling.
By Mechtild of Magdeburg, a 13th century German mystic. From For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics, Roger Housden. Hay House, Inc.: 2009. 164.