Mary Speaks

O you who bear the pain of the whole earth

I bore you

O you whose tears gave human tears their worth

I laughed with you

You, who when your hem is touched give power

I nourished you

Who turn the day to night in this dark hour

Light comes from you

O you who hold the world in your embrace

I carried you

Whose arms encircled the world with your grace

I once held you

O you who laughed and ate and walked the shore

I played with you

And I, who with all others, you died for, now hold you

May I be faithful to this final test, in this last time I hold my child, my son;

his body close


Enfolded to my breast

The holder held

The bearer borne

Mourning to joy

Darkness to morn!

Open, my arms

Your work is done

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