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
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.