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.

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