Cloaking the body in text: The question of female authorship in the writings of mechthild von magdeburg

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Dar nach tet der selbe priester die stillen messe, der gewihet wart in siner můter libe mit dem heligen geiste. Do er die wissen ovelaten nam in sine hende, do hůp sich das selbe lamp uf, das uf dem alter stůnt, und vogete sich mit den worten under die zeichen siner hant in die ovelaten und die ovelaten in das lamp, also das ich der ovelaten nút me sach, mere ein blfitig lamp, gehangen an einem rotten crúze. Mit also sussen ogen sach es úns an, das ich es niemer me vergessen kane & Do gieng die arme dirne zůdem altar mit grosser Hebe und mit einer offenen sele. Do nam SantJohannes das wisse lamp mit sinen roten wun-den und leit es in den kowen irs mundes. Do leite sich das reine lamp uf sin eigen bilde in irem stal und sog ir herze mit sinem snssen munde. Ie me es sog, ie me si es im gonde. After that the same priest [John the Baptist] conducted the common Mass, who had been ordained in his mother's womb by the Holy Spirit. When he took the white wafer in his hands, then that same lamb that was standing on the altar got up and changed itself at the words and under the sign of his hands into the wafer and the wafer into the lamb so that I no longer saw the wafer, but rather a bloody lamb hanging on a red cross. It looked upon us with such sweet eyes that I shall never be able to forget it. & Then the poor maid went to the altar with great love and with an open soul. Then Saint John took the white lamb with its red wounds and laid it in the jaws of her mouth. Then the pure lamb laid itself on its own image in her stall and suckled on her heart with its sweet mouth. The more it suckled, the more she gave it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-453
Number of pages37
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Plant Science


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