Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MY MADONNA, by ROBERT WILLIAM SERVICE

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MY MADONNA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I hailed me a woman from the street
Last Line: Where you and all may see.
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Models; Women In The Bible; Virgin Mary

I hailed me a woman from the street,
Shameless, but, oh, so fair!
I bade her sit in the model's seat
And I painted her sitting there.

I hid all trace of her heart unclean;
I painted a babe at her breast;
I painted her as she might have been
If the Worst had been the Best.

She laughed at my picture and went away.
Then came, with a knowing nod,
A connoisseur, and I heard him say;
"'Tis Mary, the mother of God."

So I painted a halo round her hair,
And I sold her and took my fee,
And she hangs in the church of Saint Hillaire,
Where you and all may see.

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