Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mary's Girlhood

This is that blessed Mary, pre-elect

God's Virgin. Gone is a great while, and she

Dwelt young in Nazareth of Galilee.
Unto God's will she brought devout respect,

Profound simplicity of intellect,

And supreme patience.
From her mother's knee

Faithful and hopeful; wise in charity;

Strong in grave peace; in pity circumspect.

So held she through her girlhood; as it were
An angel-water'd lily, that near
Grows and is quiet.
Till, one dawn at home,

She woke in her white bed, and had no fear

At all,--yet wept till sunshine, and felt aw'd:
Because the fullness of the time was come.

by Dante Gabriel Rossetti



Ann Murray said...

A beautiful poem. And it appears more so with each re - reading.

elena maria vidal said...

I agree. Rossetti wrote the poem to go with the painting.