The Heart of Mary, by Sheldon Vanauken (1914-1996).
Dear sister, I was not divine,
The angel left me woman as before,
And when, like flame beneath my heart, I bore
The Son, I was vestal and the shrine.
My arms held Heaven at my breast—not winePrefigured patterns of the pouring out,
But milk made blood, in which no mothering doubt
O Lamb! to stain the world incarnadine.
The Magi saw a crown that lay ahead,
But not the bitter glory of the reign;
They called him King and knelt among the kine.
I pondered in my heart what they said,
Yet could not see the bloody cup of pain.
I was but woman—though my God was mine.