[Of all that God has shown me]

By Mechtild of Magdeburg

Translated By Jane Hirshfield

Of all that God has shown me
I can speak just the smallest word,
Nor more than a honey bee
Takes on his foot
From an overspilling jar.

Mechtild of Madgeburg, “[Of all that God has shown me]” translated by Jane Hirshfield, from Women in Praise of the Sacred (New York: Harper Collins, 1994).

Source: Women in Praise of the Sacred (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 1994)

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Poet Mechtild of Magdeburg

Subjects Religion, God & the Divine, The Spiritual

Poetic Terms Metaphor

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SUBJECT Religion, God & the Divine, The Spiritual

Poetic Terms Metaphor

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