The poet Ava (c. 1060 – 7 February 1127), also known as Frau Ava, Ava of Göttweig or Ava of Melk, was the first named female writer in any genre in the German language.
Ava was married and had two sons (Hartmann and Heinrich), who were probably clerics and helped their mother with her Middle High German religious poems, written in rhyming couplets; she refers to them at ... more »
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The Annunciation to Mary
In that land there lived a maiden to us it has been often said— this woman’s ancestry was of faultless lineage: she was born from Jesse’s stem.
John Grows up
Now the child grew, it is true, until he came to his eighth year. Then he left and went into the desert and put his trust in God. That was a great miracle
John’s Messengers Come to Jesus
When he had been put in prison, then God came along and taught all alike, poor and rich, in the towns and in the wilderness, and brought comfort to very many. When John learned that God himself had begun to teach in the same land,
John is Arrested
Two princes then there were who wielded sovereignty. Books give their names as Herod and Philip. One of them was married and had a beautiful wife.
John is Executed
In those times there occurred Herod’s birthday. The tyrant went into the palace of Herod to the feast, which he celebrated with zest, with dancing and with singing, dressed in finest silk.
John Preaches and Baptizes
We read of John, that holy man, that God’s Son came to him and began to talk with him, that he should go and baptize and receive penitents.
The Birth of John the Baptist
Then the woman got up and left and came to another town, into a house in which was the wife of Zachary. There the good women lived,
The Annunciation to Zachary
Now shall we with the powers of our mind tell what things took place as that age was beginning when the old covenant was expiring. It happened in terra promissionis which then was Herod’s kingdom.
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The Annunciation to Mary
In that land there lived a maiden
—to us it has been often said—
this woman’s ancestry
was of faultless lineage:
she was born from Jesse’s stem.
Thereafter she became God’s nursing mother
in maiden purity,
something that no woman had ever been.
Truly after these events,
in the sixth month,
the angel was sent,
Gabriel the warrior,
to the town of Nazareth,
as it is written here,
to the queen
who is the glory of all women.
When the angel went in,
this is how he began;