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Poem by Joyce Kilmer

The Annunciation

(For Helen Parry Eden)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Angel saith.
Our Lady bows her head, and is ashamed;
She has a Bridegroom Who may not be named,
Her mortal flesh bears Him Who conquers death.
Now in the dust her spirit grovelleth;
Too bright a Sun before her eyes has flamed,
Too fair a herald joy too high proclaimed,
And human lips have trembled in Gods breath.
O Mother-Maid, thou art ashamed to cover
With thy white self, whereon no stain can be,
Thy God, Who came from Heaven to be thy Lover,
Thy God, Who came from Heaven to dwell in thee.
About thy head celestial legions hover,
Chanting the praise of thy humility.

Joyce Kilmer

Joyce Kilmer's other poems:
  1. The Proud Poet
  2. Mid-ocean in War-time
  3. The Robe of Christ
  4. Madness
  5. Mount Houvenkopf

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Robert Henryson The Annunciation ("Forcy as deith is likand lufe")

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