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THE SINGING GIRL

(For the Rev. Edward F. Garesché, S. J.)

THERE was a little maiden
In blue and silver drest,
She sang to God in Heaven
And God within her breast.


It flooded me with pleasure,
It pierced me like a sword,
When this young maiden sang: "My soul
Doth magnify the Lord."


The stars sing all together
And hear the angels sing,
But they said they had never heard
So beautiful a thing.


Saint Mary and Saint Joseph,
And Saint Elizabeth,
Pray for us poets now
And at the hour of death.