from the archives: sunday words for valentine’s week

photo by Mike White; public domain at wikimedia commons

These words come to us from the 13th century.  They are from the sacred writings of Hadewijch of Antwerp.

Love’s Maturity

In the beginning Love satisfies us.
When Love first spoke to me of love —
How I laughed at her in return!
But then she made me like the hazel trees,
Which blossom early in the season of darkness,
And bear fruit slowly.

–trans. by Oliver Davies

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