Friday, May 27, 2016

May Magnificat

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.

The beauty, energy and exuberance of springtime remind the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and each of us of Our Lady’s joy as she carried Our Lord in her womb.

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

Detail of drawing by Leonardo and some photographs by Brother Brian. 
Excerpts from May Magnificat by Gerard Manley Hopkins.