Saturday, May 05, 2007

May - The Month of Mary (Part 5)



The May Magnificat

May is Mary's month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season --

Candlemas, Lady Day;
But the Lady Month, May,
Why fasten that upon her,
With a feasting in her honour

Is it only its being brighter
Than the most are must delight her?
Is it opportunest
And flowers finds soonest?

Ask of her, the mighty mother;
Her reply puts this other
Question: What is Spring? --
Growth in everything --

Flesh and fleece, fur and feather
Grass and green world all together;
Star-eyed strawberry breasted
Throstle above her nested

Cluster of bugle blue eggs thin
Forms and warms the life within;
And bird and blossom swell
In sod or sheath or shell.

All things rising, all things sizing
Mary sees, sympathising
With that world of good
Nature's motherhood.

Their magnifying of each its kind
With delight calls to mind
How she did in her stored
Magnify the Lord

Well but there was more than this:
Spring's universal bliss
Much, had much to say
To offering Mary May.

When drop-of-blood-and-foam-dapple
Bloom lights the orchard-apple
And thicket and thorp are merry
With silver-surféd cherry

And azuring-over greybell makes
Wood banks and brakes wash wet like lakes
And magic cuckoo call
Caps, clears, and clinches all --

This ecstasy all through mothering earth
Tells Mary her mirth till Christ's birth
To remember and exultation
In God who was her salvation.


~Gerard Manley Hopkins




Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
May - The Month of Mary (Part 4)

May - The Month of Mary (Part 3)

May - The Month of Mary (Part 2)

May - The Month of Mary

"Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast"

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1 Comments:

At 5/06/2007 4:37 AM, Blogger Coffee Wife said...

Amen!!

I love Mary's month. I'm hoping to use this May to increase my praying of the rosary. I'm a Catholic convert who has spent several years in luke-warmness and so I've lost a lot of ground. I have this lovely wooden rosary from the Poor Clare Nuns in Arizona - and a cd they made of the rosary being prayed. I hope it helps get me on track!

 

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