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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 25. THE VIRGIN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mother! Whose virgin bosom was uncrost
Last Line: Of high with low, celestial with terrene!
Variant Title(s): Sonnet To The Virgin
Subject(s): Catholics; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women In The Bible; Roman Catholics; Catholicism; Virgin Mary


MOTHER! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
With the least shade of thought to sin allied;
Woman! above all women glorified,
Our tainted nature's solitary boast;
Purer than foam on central ocean tost;
Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak strewn
With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon
Before her wane begins on heaven's blue coast;
Thy Image falls to earth. Yet some, I ween,
Not unforgiven the suppliant knee might bend,
As to a visible Power, in which did blend
All that was mixed and reconciled in Thee
Of mother's love with maiden purity,
Of high with low, celestial with terrene!






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