The Madness of Love

Your greatest strength is love.

The madness of love

is a blessed fate;

and if we understood this

we would seek no other:

it brings into unity

what was divided,

and this is the truth:

bitterness it makes sweet,

it makes the stranger a neighbour,

and what was lowly it raises on high.


~ Hadewijch of Antwerp, thirteenth-century poet and mystic.


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