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MARIOLOGY


 

 

A TRIBUTE TO MARY

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a Protestant American poet reminds all America:

          "This is indeed the Blessed Mary's Land,
          Virgin and Mother of our dear Redeemer!
          All Hearts are touched and softened at her name:
          The priest, the prince, the scholar, and the peasant
          Alike the bandit with the bloody hand,
          Pay homage to her as one ever present!

          And even as children who have much offended
          A too-indulgent father, in great shame,
          Penitent, and yet not daring unattended
          To go into his presence, at the gate
          Speak to their sister, and confiding wait
          Till she goes in before and intercedes.

          So men, repenting of their evil deeds
          And yet not venturing rashly to draw near,
          With their requests, an angry Father's ear
          Offer to Mary prayers and their confession
          And she in Heaven for them makes intercession.

          And if our faith had given us nothing more
          Than this example of all womanhood,
          So mild, so merciful, so strong, so good
          So patient, peaceful, loyal, loving, pure
          These were enough to prove it higher and truer
          Than all the creeds the world has known before."

 

 


(08-12-02)

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