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The May Magnificat – A month of Marian posts

The Marian window at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville, NY. (photo by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn)

Today I happened upon this poem by the late Gerald Manley Hopkins, entitled  The May Magnificat.


May is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season-

Candlemas, Lady Day:
But the Lady Month, May,
Why fasten that upon her,
With a feasting in her honor?
Ask of her, the mighty mother:
Her reply puts this other
Question: What is Spring?
Growth in every thing-

All things rising, all things sizing
Mary sees, sympathizing
With that world of good,
Nature’s motherhood.

Well but there was more than this:
Spring’s universal bliss
Much, had much to say
To offering Mary May.

Gerard Manley Hopkins
Robert, Cyril. Mary Immaculate: God’s Mother and Mine. New York: Marist Press, 1946.


3 Responses

  1. I love that poem! Thanks, Fran!

  2. I did not know this poem at all. Thank you for all that you share here. So much to learn 🙂

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