Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti

POETRY: Mary’s Girlhood by Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti

December 23, 2016

This is the 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.   [...]