Faith's Speech to the Other Virtues
I am Faith, the mirror of life.
Honored daughters, come to me,
and I shall show you the flowing fountain.
[i.e., God's grace is metaphorically described as an ever-flowing fountain, but keep it out of Rappaccini's garden unless as an allusion to Genesis!]
Hildegard von Bingen, Ordo Virtutum, trans. Roger Brunyate. Baltimore: Peabody Conservatory, 2005.