I cannot Dance

I cannot dance, Lord, unless you lead me.
If you want me to leap with abandon,
You must intone the song.
Then I shall leap into love,
From love into knowledge,
From knowledge into enjoyment,
And from enjoyment beyond all human sensations.
There I want to remain, yet want also to circle higher still.


Mechthild of Magdeburg

The flowing light of the Godhead / Mechthild of Magdeburg; translated and introduced by Frank Tobin (The classics of Western spirituality; #92). New York: Paulist Press, 1998.

taken from “Other Women’s Voices”