Women in Praise of the Sacred 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women

ISBN-10: 0060925760

ISBN-13: 9780060925765

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jane Hirshfield, Hirshfield

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"Hirshfield's current collection brings together . . . an astonishing array of women writers from the 22nd century BC poet Enheduanna to Nelly Sachs and Anna Akhmatova."--Library Journal
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List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/19/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Enheduanna (ca. 2300 B.C.E.)
from The Hymn to Inanna
Shu-Sin's Ritual Bride (ca. 2000 B.C.E.)
Bridegroom, beloved of my heart
Makeda, Queen of Sheba (ca. 1000 B.C.E.)
Wisdom is
I fell
Sappho (7th c. B.C.E.)
Leave Crete
Evening Star who gathers everything
Sumangalamata (6th c. B.C.E.)
At last free
Patacara (6th c. B.C.E.)
When they plow their fields
Zi Ye (6th-3rd c. B.C.E.)
All night I could not sleep
Song of Songs: The Shulammite (ca. 3rd c. B.C.E.)
I am dark, daughters of Jerusalem (Song 1:5-6)
At night on my bed I longed for (Song 3:1-5)
I was asleep but my heart stayed awake (Song 5:2-6)
Come, my beloved (Song 7:12-14)
Pan Zhao (48-117?)
Needle and Thread
Gnostic Gospel: Nag Hammadi Library (2nd-4th c.)
from The Thunder: Perfect Mind
A Roman Spell (2nd-4th c.?)
I bind you by oath
Sabina Lampadius (fl. ca. 377)
As a symbol
Antal (8th c.)
O sister of wealth
O you who guard over
We rose before dawn
Rabi'a (717-801)
I am fully qualified to work as a doorkeeper . . .
O my Lord,/if I worship you
O my Lord,/the stars glitter
Yeshe Tsogyel (757?-817?)
Listen,/O brothers and sisters
Lakshminkara (8th c.)
Lay your head on a block of butter and chop -
Three Tantric Buddhist Women's Songs (8th-11th c.)
KYE HO! Wonderful!/Lotus pollen wakes up . . .
Who speaks the sound of an echo?
KYE HO! Wonderful!/You may say "existence". . .
Kassiane (804?-?)
Yu Xuanji (843?-868)
At Home in the Summer Mountains
Izumi Shikibu (974?-1034?)
I cannot say
Watching the moon
Although I try
Although the wind
The way I must enter
Ly Ngoc Kieu (1041-1113)
Birth, old age
Li Qingzhao (1084-1151?)
Written to the Tune "The Fisherman's Honor"
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
Antiphon for Divine Wisdom
Antiphon for the Holy Spirit
Antiphon for the Angels
Song to the Creator
Alleluia-verse for the Virgin
Kojiju (1121?-1201?)
On the Spirit of the Heart as Moon-Disk
Sun Bu-er (1124-?)
Cut brambles long enough
Late Indian summer's
Zhou Xuanjing (12th c.)
Meditating at midnight
Cui Shaoxuan (dates unknown)
Black hair and red cheeks: for how long?
Mahadeviyakka (12th c.)
(On Her Decision to Stop Wearing Clothes)
So long as this breath fills your nostrils
When I am hungry
A vein of sapphires
It was like a stream
When the body becomes Your mirror
I do not call it his sign
Mechtild of Magdeburg (1207?-1282? or 1297?)
I cannot dance, O Lord
A fish cannot drown in water
God speaks to the soul
How the soul speaks to God
How God answers the soul
The desert has many teachings
How God comes to the soul
God's absence
True love in every moment praises God
Of all that God has shown me
Marguerite Porete (?-1310)
Beloved, what do you want of me?
Hadewijch of Antwerp (13th c.)
Love's maturity
Knowing Love in herself
Love's constancy
The madness of love
Love has subjugated me
Hadewijch II (13th c.)
All things/are too small
If I desire something, I know it not
Tighten/to nothing
You who want/knowledge
The French Beguine (late 13th c.)
from The Soul Speaks
Jusammi Chikako (fl. ca. 1300)
On this summer night
Janabai (1298?-1350?)
Cast off all shame
Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
from Prayer 20
Lal Ded (14th c.?)
I drag a boat over the ocean
I was passionate
The soul, like the moon
This world,/compared to You -
Coursing in emptiness
To learn the scriptures is easy
I searched for my Self
On the way to God the difficulties
At the end of a crazy-moon night
Vittoria Colonna (1492-1547)
As a starved little bird, who sees and hears
I see in my mind, surrounding God
Mirabai (1498-1565?)
O friends, I am mad
Love has stained my body
All I Was Doing Was Breathing
The wild woman of the forests
O friends on this Path
The song of the flute, O sister, is madness
O friend, understand: the body
Why Mira Can't Go Back to Her Old House
I was going to the river for water
The Heat of Midnight Tears
It's True I Went to the Market
Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
(Lines written on a bookmark found in her Breviary)
Maria de' Medici, Queen of France (1573-1642)
(To the Virgin)
Two Nahuatl Invocations (early 1600s)
(Invocation for storing corn)
(A midwife's invocation)
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
from The Vanity of All Worldly Things
Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg (1633-1694)
On the Ineffable Inspiration of the Holy Spirit
On the Fruit-Providing Autumn Season
from On the Sweet Comfort Brought by Grace
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648?-1695)
Because my Lord was born to suffer
Since Love is shivering
Chiyo-ni (1703-1775)
The morning glory!
Grazing/ my fishing line
From the mind/of a single, long vine
Ann Griffiths (1776-1805)
His left hand, in heat of noonday
Emily Bronte (1818-1848)
No coward soul is mine
Bibi Hayati (?-1853)
Is this darkness the night of Power . . .
Before there was a trace of this world of men
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Who has not found the Heaven - below -
I never saw a Moor -
Death is a dialogue between
The Props assist the House
Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat?
I'm ceded - I've stopped being Theirs -
'Tis little I - could care for Pearls -
I had been hungry, all the Years -
Mine - by the Right of the White Election!
Wild Nights - Wild Nights!
The Infinite a sudden Guest
Let me not thirst with this Hock at my Lip
A Georgia Sea Island Shout Song (19th c.)
Down to the Mire
Penny Jessye's Deathbed Spiritual (19th c.)
Good Lord in That Heaven
Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)
After Communion
from Behold a Shaking
from Later Life: A Double Sonnet of Sonnets
Uvavnuk (19th c.)
The great sea
Two Kwakiutl Women's Prayers (ca. 1895)
Prayer of a Woman in Charge of Berry Picking . . .
Prayer to the Sockeye Salmon
Owl Woman (mid-19th-early 20th c.)
How shall I begin my song
Brown owls come here in the blue evening
Black Butte is far
The morning star is up
An Osage Woman's Initiation Song (early 20th c.)
Planting Initiation Song
A Traditional Navajo Prayer (early 20th c.)
Dark young pine, at the center of the earth originating
H. D. (1886-1961)
White World
from The Walls Do Not Fall [25]
from The Walls Do Not Fall [36]
from Sagesse [10]
Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)
Everything is plundered, betrayed, sold
A land not mine, still
Summer Garden
Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957)
from Prayer
The Rose
Those Who Do Not Dance
Nelly Sachs (1891-1970)
How long have we forgotten how to listen!
Your eyes, O my beloved
Rushing at times like flames
In the evening your vision widens
But perhaps God needs the longing
Edith Sodergran (1892-1923)
On Foot I Had to Walk Through the Solar Systems
"There is no one . . ."
Forest Lake
Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941)
I know the truth
I bless the daily labor
If the soul was born with pinions
God (3)
The gold that was my hair has turned
Kadya Molodowsky (1894-1975)
Prayers: I
Sub-ok (1902-1966)
Spring at Yesan Station
A Note on the Translations
For Further Reading
About the Editor
Alphabetical Index of Authors
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