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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
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 h The bosom where his lips were press’d,
But rather bless'd are they Who hear his word and keep it well, The living homes where Christ shall dwell,
And never pass away.
b St. Luke xi. 27, 28.
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.
Yet deem not, on such parting sad
Divided in their earthly race,
The faithful champions shall embrace.
For even as those mysterious Four,
By Chebar in the fiery blasti,
Right onward speed, yet join at last.
And sometimes even beneath the moon
When reconciled Christians meet,
In silence meek, or converse sweet.
Companion of the Saints! 'twas thine
When the great soldier of thy Lord
The story of your love restord.
i Ezekiel i. 9. They turned not when they went--they went every one straight forward.