lead me to dance

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I cannot dance, O Lord, unless you lead me.
If it is your will, I can leap for joy.
But you must show me how to dance and sing
   by dancing and singing yourself!
With you I will leap towards love,
   and from love I will leap to truth,
   and from truth I will leap to joy,
   and there I shall leap beyond all human senses.
There I will remain
   and dance forevermore.

Mechthild of Magdeburg, c. 1207 – c. 1282/1294, German Beguine,  medieval mystic, and Cistercian nun

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Send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.

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