Sion, thy bridal-bower prepare
To harbour Christ thy monarch there;
And greet thou Mary maid, for why
She is the gateway to the sky,
And eke, as it is plainly shown,
Is made a cherubimic throne.
The King of Glory she doth seat,
A cloud of light this virgin sweet,
That bears the Son in flesh from far
That as before the Morning Star.
Him in his arms took Simeon old,
And testified to all, “Behold
The Savior of the world,” he saith,
“This Bairn is Lord of life and death.”
– St. Cosmas (d. 760)
Therese, M. I sing of a maiden: the Mary book of verse. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1947.