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Title Women in praise of the sacred : 43 centuries of spiritual poetry by women / edited by Jane Hirshfield.
Imprint New York, NY : HarperCollins Pub., [1994]
Edition First edition.

Subject Poetry -- Women authors.
Poetry -- Women authors -- Translations into English.
Religious poetry -- Women authors.
Religious poetry -- Women authors -- Translations into English.
Alt Name Hirshfield, Jane, 1953-
Description xxiii, 259 pages ; 24 cm
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-250) and index.
ISBN 0060169877 : $22.50 ($30.00 Can.)
OCLC # 29638239
Table of Contents
 Enheduanna (ca. 2300 B.C.E.)3
  from The Hymn to Inanna4
 Shu-Sin's Ritual Bride (ca. 2000 B.C.E.)8
  Bridegroom, beloved of my heart9
 Makeda, Queen of Sheba (ca. 1000 B.C.E.)11
  Wisdom is13
  I fell14
 Sappho (7th c. B.C.E.)15
  Leave Crete16
  Evening Star who gathers everything17
 Sumangalamata (6th c. B.C.E.)18
  At last free18
 Patacara (6th c. B.C.E.)19
  When they plow their fields20
 Zi Ye (6th-3rd c. B.C.E.)21
  All night I could not sleep21
 Song of Songs: The Shulammite (ca. 3rd c. B.C.E.)22
  I am dark, daughters of Jerusalem (Song 1:5-6)23
  At night on my bed I longed for (Song 3:1-5)24
  I was asleep but my heart stayed awake (Song 5:2-6)25
  Come, my beloved (Song 7:12-14)27
 Pan Zhao (48-117?)28
  Needle and Thread28
 Gnostic Gospel: Nag Hammadi Library (2nd-4th c.)29
  from The Thunder: Perfect Mind30
 A Roman Spell (2nd-4th c.?)34
  I bind you by oath35
 Sabina Lampadius (fl. ca. 377)36
  As a symbol37
 Antal (8th c.)38
  O sister of wealth39
  O you who guard over40
  We rose before dawn41
 Rabi'a (717-801)42
  I am fully qualified to work as a doorkeeper . . .43
  O my Lord,/if I worship you44
  O my Lord,/the stars glitter45
 Yeshe Tsogyel (757?-817?)46
  Listen,/O brothers and sisters47
 Lakshminkara (8th c.)48
  Lay your head on a block of butter and chop -49
 Three Tantric Buddhist Women's Songs (8th-11th c.)51
  KYE HO! Wonderful!/Lotus pollen wakes up . . .51
  Who speaks the sound of an echo?52
  KYE HO! Wonderful!/You may say "existence". . .52
 Kassiane (804?-?)53
 Yu Xuanji (843?-868)55
  At Home in the Summer Mountains56
 Izumi Shikibu (974?-1034?)57
  I cannot say58
  Watching the moon59
  Although I try60
  Although the wind61
  The way I must enter62
 Ly Ngoc Kieu (1041-1113)63
  Birth, old age63
 Li Qingzhao (1084-1151?)64
  Written to the Tune "The Fisherman's Honor"65
 Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)66
  Antiphon for Divine Wisdom67
  Antiphon for the Holy Spirit68
  Antiphon for the Angels69
  Song to the Creator70
  Alleluia-verse for the Virgin71
 Kojiju (1121?-1201?)72
  On the Spirit of the Heart as Moon-Disk72
 Sun Bu-er (1124-?)73
  Cut brambles long enough73
  Late Indian summer's74
 Zhou Xuanjing (12th c.)75
  Meditating at midnight75
 Cui Shaoxuan (dates unknown)76
  Black hair and red cheeks: for how long?76
 Mahadeviyakka (12th c.)77
  (On Her Decision to Stop Wearing Clothes)78
  So long as this breath fills your nostrils79
  When I am hungry80
  A vein of sapphires81
  It was like a stream82
  When the body becomes Your mirror83
  I do not call it his sign84
 Mechtild of Magdeburg (1207?-1282? or 1297?)85
  I cannot dance, O Lord86
  A fish cannot drown in water87
  God speaks to the soul88
  How the soul speaks to God89
  How God answers the soul90
  The desert has many teachings91
  How God comes to the soul92
  God's absence94
  True love in every moment praises God95
  Of all that God has shown me96
 Marguerite Porete (?-1310)97
  Beloved, what do you want of me?98
 Hadewijch of Antwerp (13th c.)99
  Love's maturity100
  Knowing Love in herself101
  Love's constancy102
  The madness of love103
  Love has subjugated me104
 Hadewijch II (13th c.)105
  All things/are too small106
  If I desire something, I know it not107
  Tighten/to nothing108
  You who want/knowledge109
 The French Beguine (late 13th c.)110
  from The Soul Speaks111
 Jusammi Chikako (fl. ca. 1300)113
  On this summer night113
 Janabai (1298?-1350?)114
  Cast off all shame115
 Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)116
  from Prayer 20117
 Lal Ded (14th c.?)118
  I drag a boat over the ocean119
  I was passionate120
  The soul, like the moon121
  This world,/compared to You -122
  Coursing in emptiness123
  To learn the scriptures is easy124
  I searched for my Self125
  On the way to God the difficulties126
  At the end of a crazy-moon night127
 Vittoria Colonna (1492-1547)128
  As a starved little bird, who sees and hears129
  I see in my mind, surrounding God130
 Mirabai (1498-1565?)131
  O friends, I am mad132
  Love has stained my body133
  All I Was Doing Was Breathing134
  The wild woman of the forests135
  O friends on this Path136
  The song of the flute, O sister, is madness137
  O friend, understand: the body138
  Why Mira Can't Go Back to Her Old House139
  I was going to the river for water140
  The Heat of Midnight Tears141
  It's True I Went to the Market142
 Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)143
  (Lines written on a bookmark found in her Breviary)144
 Maria de' Medici, Queen of France (1573-1642)145
  (To the Virgin)145
 Two Nahuatl Invocations (early 1600s)146
  (Invocation for storing corn)147
  (A midwife's invocation)148
 Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)149
  from The Vanity of All Worldly Things150
 Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg (1633-1694)151
  On the Ineffable Inspiration of the Holy Spirit152
  On the Fruit-Providing Autumn Season153
  from On the Sweet Comfort Brought by Grace154
 Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648?-1695)155
  Because my Lord was born to suffer157
  Since Love is shivering158
 Chiyo-ni (1703-1775)160
  The morning glory!161
  Grazing/ my fishing line162
  From the mind/of a single, long vine163
 Ann Griffiths (1776-1805)164
  His left hand, in heat of noonday165
 Emily Bronte (1818-1848)166
  No coward soul is mine167
 Bibi Hayati (?-1853)168
  Is this darkness the night of Power . . .169
  Before there was a trace of this world of men170
 Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)171
  Who has not found the Heaven - below -172
  I never saw a Moor -173
  Death is a dialogue between174
  The Props assist the House175
  Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat?176
  I'm ceded - I've stopped being Theirs -177
  'Tis little I - could care for Pearls -178
  I had been hungry, all the Years -179
  Mine - by the Right of the White Election!180
  Wild Nights - Wild Nights!181
  The Infinite a sudden Guest182
  Let me not thirst with this Hock at my Lip183
 A Georgia Sea Island Shout Song (19th c.)184
  Down to the Mire185
 Penny Jessye's Deathbed Spiritual (19th c.)186
  Good Lord in That Heaven187
 Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)188
  After Communion189
  from Behold a Shaking190
  from Later Life: A Double Sonnet of Sonnets192
 Uvavnuk (19th c.)193
  The great sea193
 Two Kwakiutl Women's Prayers (ca. 1895)194
  Prayer of a Woman in Charge of Berry Picking . . .194
  Prayer to the Sockeye Salmon195
 Owl Woman (mid-19th-early 20th c.)196
  How shall I begin my song197
  Brown owls come here in the blue evening197
  Black Butte is far197
  The morning star is up197
 An Osage Woman's Initiation Song (early 20th c.)198
  Planting Initiation Song198
 A Traditional Navajo Prayer (early 20th c.)199
  Dark young pine, at the center of the earth originating200
 H. D. (1886-1961)201
  White World202
  from The Walls Do Not Fall [25]203
  from The Walls Do Not Fall [36]204
  from Sagesse [10]206
 Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)207
  Everything is plundered, betrayed, sold208
  A land not mine, still209
  Summer Garden210
 Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957)211
  from Prayer212
  The Rose213
  Those Who Do Not Dance214
 Nelly Sachs (1891-1970)216
  How long have we forgotten how to listen!217
  Your eyes, O my beloved219
  Rushing at times like flames222
  In the evening your vision widens223
  But perhaps God needs the longing224
 Edith Sodergran (1892-1923)225
  On Foot I Had to Walk Through the Solar Systems226
  "There is no one . . ."227
  Forest Lake228
 Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941)231
  I know the truth232
  I bless the daily labor233
  If the soul was born with pinions234
  God (3)235
  The gold that was my hair has turned236
 Kadya Molodowsky (1894-1975)237
  Prayers: I238
 Sub-ok (1902-1966)239
  Spring at Yesan Station239
 A Note on the Translations241
 For Further Reading243
 About the Editor253
 Alphabetical Index of Authors255