Hadewijch: The Complete Works by Hadewijch

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22 We must not close this survey of Hadewijch's sources without adding two cases where she borrows from some author a certain thought sequence that she proceeds to develop in a completely inde­ pendent manner. " This hymn is classified by Migne both among the works of Hi ldebert of Lavar­ din, Archbishop of Tours (d. 1 1 34), and among those of Peter Abelard (d. 1 142). " The second instance occurs in Poem 2, which is based on a leg­ end narrated in 3 Esdras 3 : 1-5 :6. C. and included by Jerome in the Vulgate.

67 The following passages seem to imply the activities of the "false brethren": in Stanzaic Poem 3 : 30, her reference in the first person to suffering "losses, defamations, oppression"; and in the last strophe of Stanzaic Poem 4, her prayer for her young Beguines ("noble souls"), who are driven from their goal by cruel aliens. In Stanzaic Poem 1 3 :29-3 2, she warns them to be on their guard, for: There are many who seem anxious to betake themselves Where they are advised to seek Love. But they stray away from fidelity along alien ways: I have watched this happen.

She loved Augustine because of his burning love for the Trinity, as she states in Vision 1 1 : P. 49; and we notice that he is the only nonbiblical saint who ever appeared to her in her recorded visions. We are not surprised, therefore, to find in Hadewijch some specific instances of dependence on him. Scholars have pointed out in Hadewijch's thought a few traits characteristic of Eastern rather than Western theology. 2 1 This explains the numerous passages where Hadewijch speaks of the Father, not in the Western but in the Greek sense.

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