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O Ecclesia

by Cædmon’s Dream

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A selection from 12th century composition, "O Ecclesia" by Hildegard von Bingen. "O Ecclesia" celebrates St. Ursula, who, according to legend, was martyred with eleven thousand virgins in Cologne, Germany.


O Ecclesia,
your eyes are like sapphire,
your ears the mount of Bethel,
your nose like a mountain of myrrh and incense
and your mouth is like the sound of many waters.

In a vision of true faith
Ursula loved the Son of God
and rejected betrothed and world alike;
she gazed at the sun
and implored the most beautiful youth saying:

'With a great desire
I have desired to come to you
and rest with you in the marriage of Heaven
running to you by a new path
as the clouds course in the purest air
like sapphire.'

And after Ursula had said this
this rumour spread amongst the people

And they said:
'In the innocence of girlish ignorance
she does not know what she is saying.'

And they began to play with her
in a great music,
until the burden of fire
fell upon her.


released January 30, 2022
Music by Cædmon's Dream
Lyrics by Hildegard von Bingen


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Cædmon’s Dream are a medieval doom duo resurrecting tales of ancient myth and lore. Monumental, shadowy guitar pairs with mystical voices in dead languages, conjuring and immortalizing the past through heavy metal. Cædmon’s Dream hails from the rocky shores of Nanaimo, Snuneymuxw territory. ... more

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