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Project Hildegard #4 (2)

Today I decided that this project should cover all 77 of Hildegard von Bingen’s liturgical chants. It’s a rather ambitious aim! Help!

Here is the second version of my randomly chosen chant number 4.

o viridissima virga 2 – the greenest branch: hope springs eternal

O greenest branch, hail, sprung forth in the wind from the prayers of the saints. The time has come that your sprays have blossomed, hail, hail to you, because the heat of the sun has emanated from you like the aroma of balm. For the beautiful flower sprung from you, which gave all dry perfumes their aroma. And they have appeared anew in their full freshness. Whence the skies brought dew to the pasture, and all the earth was made joyful because her flesh brought forth corn, and because the birds of the sky built their nests in her. Then there was food for man and a great rejoicing of guests, whence, O sweet Virgin, no joy is lacking in you. Eve rejected all these things. Now let there be praise to the Highest.

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