O love, set your whole mind
On God’s love who made you.
Commit all your being to love;
And then you shall heal all your wounds,
Neither fearing pain nor
Fleeing from sorrow in anything.
You should rely on love
And then you shall know what to love
and what to hate.
Be content with all things:
For that is the sign of love’s presence,
And that you are so easily oppressed
Denies you many a beautiful gift.
If you love you wish to trust yourself in God
And keep yourself in charity
Then all shall be yours:
And you shall win your love.
Hadewijch of Brabant
from Women Pray edited by Monica Furlong