Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Mary's Girlhood (For a Picture)
Date of Composition: 1848 November 21
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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- This is that blessed Mary, pre-elect
- God's Virgin. Gone is a great while since she
- Dwelt thus in Nazareth of Galilee.
- Loving she was, with temperate respect:
- A profound simpleness of intellect
- Was hers, and extreme patience. From the knee
- Faithful and hopeful; wise in charity;
- Strong in grave peace; in duty circumspect.
- Thus held she through her girlhood; as it were
10 An angel-watered lily, that near God
- Grows and is quiet. Till one dawn, at home,
- She woke in her white bed, and had no fear
- At all, yet wept for a brief period;
- Because the fulness of the time was come.
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