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THE MADONNA DI SAN SISTO[1]

'The Lord Himself shall give you a sign; behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son.'

Behold, by Raphael shown, Love's sacrament!
 Earth's curtains part, God's veil is lifted up;
There comes a Child, forth from His Bosom sent
 To rule the feast of life, His Bread and Cup,
 His purpose making plain with man to sup.
Out-streams the light, accomplished is the Sign,
A Virgin-Mother clasps a Babe Divine.


  1. See Note A, page 69.