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WRITTEN FOR HIS MOTHER Dame du ciel regents

WRITTEN FOR HIS MOTHER
Dame du ciel regents terrienne
Emperiere des infemaux palus....
Lady of Heaven and earth and therewithal
Crowned Empress of the nether clefts of Hell —
I thy poor Christian on thy name do call
Commending me to thee with thee to dwell
Albeit in nought I be commendable.
But all mine undeserving may not mar
Such mercies as thy sovereign mercies are
Without the which as true words testify
No soul can reach thy Heaven so fair and far.
Even in this faith I choose to live and die.
Unto thy Son say thou that I am His
And to me graceless make Him gracious.
Said Mary of Egypt lacked not of that bliss
Nor yet the sorrowful clerk Theopbilus
Whose bitter sins were set aside even thus
Though to the Fiend his bounden service was.
Oh help me lest in vain for me should pass
Sweet Virgin that shalt have no loss thereby!
The blessed Host and sacring of the Mass
Even in this faith I choose to live and die.
A pitiful poor woman shrunk and old
I am and nothing learn'd in letter lore.
Within my parish cloister I behold
A painted Heaven where harps and lutes adore
And eke an Hell whose damned folk seethe full sore
One bringeth fear the other joy to me.
That joy great Goddess make thou mine to be —
Thou of whom all must ask it even as I
And that which faith desires that let it see.
For in this faith I choose to live and die.
O excellent Virgin Princess! thou didst bear
King Jesus the most excellent comforter
Who even of this our weakness craved a share
And for our sake stooped to us from on high
Offering to death His young life sweet and fair.
Such as He is Our Lord I Him declare
And in this faith I choose to live and die.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti trans. .

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