O Leafy Branch

O Frondens Virga

O leafy branch,

Standing in your nobility

As the dawn breaks forth:

Now rejoice and be glad

And deign to set us frail ones

Free from evil habits

And stretch forth your hand

And lift us up.

-Hildegard von Bingen

O Leafy Branch was commissioned by the Women’s Sacred Music Project as part of their 2010 celebration of the feast day of Hildegard of Bingen.  The text is an English translation of a poem written by Hildegard entitled O frondens Virga. Hildegard composed a chant with her Latin poem, which I have interspersed into this work.

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O Leafy Branch