Blessed angel, who spoke the words of a
father's ancient bargain, of that bond's peace
and health, of a prayer to lead the soul to
see, contemplate the vastness of God's vow.
My spirit bends before, my mind praises
the messenger's Prince--He chose you for this
kind office--and even now I take joy
in the noble message deeply impressed
on that virgin heart. But how I wish I
could see her face, gestures, hear her humble
answer, timid chaste hesitations, know
Heaven's Queen's strong pity and faith as she
longs for and accepts with integrity
the honor she hears and writes on her heart.
|An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition|
From V CIV:264. See also B S1:131:150; MSs V2 (Ve2), RA; Valgrisi 132. Translation: Bainton 207. Reference: Matt. 1:20-3; Luke 1:28-37. I have included this in the series to the Virgin Mary as the twelfth: while VC addresses the Angel of the Annunciation, Gabriel, her poem is about the Virgin Mary with whom, again, VC identifies. Key