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Poems by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

MARY'S GIRLHOOD


I


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-watered lily, that near God

 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 awed:

 Because the fullness of the time was come.