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  • She saw divinity as the green force of life, "viriditas," which valued the earth in sharp contrast to many of her contemporaries.

    Hildegard of Bingen

  • Canicularis terras excoquit, et siccat flumina, ipse securus sedet sub arborea fronde, et ad doloris sui solatium, naribus suis gramineas redolet species, pascit oculos herbarum amiena viriditas, aures suavi modulamine demulcet pictarum concentus avium, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Carysteo marmore, quod auri fulgor hebetat et Carystei viriditas reficiat oculos.

    The Care of Books

  • Much of Hildegard’s theological work, especially as expressed in her music and poetry, speaks of viriditas.

    September 18th, 2008


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