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She is so bright and glorious that you cannot look at her face or her garments for the splendor with which she shines. For she is terrible with the terror of the avenging lightning, and gentle with the goodness of the bright sun; and both her terror and her gentleness are incomprehensible to humans. . . . But she is with everyone and in everyone, and so beautiful is her secret that no person can know the sweetness with which she sustains people, and spares them in inscrutable mercy.

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Hildegard von Bingen, OSB, (1098–1179), also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess, teacher, writer, healer, composer, philosopher, natural science cataloguer, visionary, and Christian mystic of the High Middle Ages. She is one of the best-known and most-recorded composers of sacred monophony (a single sung melody) written for female choirs. She has been recognized as a saint for centuries for her original teachings.