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For my wife, born on the Annunciation

If God is in His heaven

And all’s well on the earth

Thanks to Gabriel’s announcement

That a virgin would give birth

 

If by the Incarnation

The flesh is made divine

Then ‘Comfort ye my people’

Gives dignity to wine

 

Then mirth and cheer are charity

And laughter is a grace

And the song of love is written

In lines upon a face

 

When solemnities are happy

And fasting yields to feast

And the  yoke of penance eases

For the layman and the priest

 

Then everyone’s oasis

Upon the Lenten way

Is March the twenty-fifth

[raise glass] That’s Deirdre’s birthday

Comments

  1. Jonathan Webb says:

    Salute.

  2. Jonathan Webb says:

    Sophie’s birthday too.

  3. Jonathan Webb says:

    All the really important women were born on this day, or in March.

  4. Cubeland Mystic says:

    . . . and a sword shall pierce her olive.

  5. Jonathan Potter says:

    Happy birthday to Deirdre and my goddaughter Sophie.

  6. Matthew,

    Well done. Now have your guitarist friend put it to music. It fits what C.Day Lewis called the intricacy of diction fitted perfectly to the simplicity of song.

    Huzzah.

    Happy birthday to Deirdre!

    JOB

  7. Your loving recital of this joyful piece was the pinnacle of a perfect evening. Honored to have been there.

  8. Thanks much, all.

  9. Happy birthday, Deirdre!

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