The madness of love

The madness of love

is a blessed fate;

and if we understood this

we would seek no other:

it brings into unity

what was divided,

and this is the truth:

bitterness it makes sweet,

it makes the stranger a neighbor,

and what was lowly it raises high

–  Hadewijch of Antwerp as found in Common Prayer:  A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

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