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Who then, uncall'd by Thee,
Except thine hand and seal he shew ?
Where can thy seal be found, But on the chosen seed, from age to age By thine anointed heralds duly crown'd,
As kings and priests thy war to wage ?
Then fearless walk we forth,
By our own shame alike and glory aw’d.
Dread Searcher of the hearts,
Else helpless found, to learn and teach thy love.
THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
And the Angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women. St. Luke i. 28.
OH Thou who deign’st to sympathize
Maker yet Brother dear,
To gaze on Thee too near.
Yet sure 'twas not presumption, Lord,
That made the lesson known:
Most sacred, most thine own.
When wandering here a little span,
Thou hadst no earthly sire:
It lit in Thee no fire.
On no sweet sister's faithful breast
On no kind brother lean :
Endearing, firm, serene ?
Thou wept’st, meek maiden, mother mild, Thou wept’st upon thy sinless child,
Thy very heart was riven: And yet, what mourning matron here Would deem thy sorrows bought too dear
By all on this side Heaven?
A son that never did amiss,
Nor cross'd her fondest prayer:
Even from the tree he deign'd to bow For her his agonized brow,
Her, his sole earthly care.
Ave Maria ! blessed Maid !
Who can express the love
For Jesus' holy Dove?
Ave Maria ! Mother blest,
Clings the Eternal Child;
Thy new-born Saviour smild :
Ave Maria! Thou whose name
Yet may we reach thy shrine ;
With love and joy like thine.
Bless'd is the womb that bare Him-bless'd
The bosom where his lips were press’d,
But rather bless'd are they
And never pass away.
ST. MARK'S DAY.
And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder the one from the other. Acts xv. 39.
Compare 2 Timothy iv. 11. Take Mark, and bring him with thee, for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
OH! who shall dare in this frail scene
On Friendship, Kindred, or on Love ?
But they shall change and variance prove.
h St. Luke xi. 27, 28.