MARY - LIKENESS

Mary-like in soul and body!
Mary-like in mind and heart!
Mary-like in every action -
Child of God, how fair thou art!
Fair to Christ, and His angels,
Fair to earth where thou art seen
To be like her, like to Mary,
Earth's and Heaven's fairest Queen!

Mary-like in mind and memory!
Sinful thoughts and fancies flee;
Idle dreams and selfish musings
Find no place, God's child, in thee.
For the Mary-mind is lifted
From all sordid thoughts to live
On the high and noble promptings
That a Mary-soul would give.

Mary-like in thy affections
Loving all, excluding none -
Loving, as you think Our Lady
Ever faithful, would have done;
Mary-like in every action,
In enjoyment, work, or prayer;
Watching Mary, copying Mary,
Loving Mary, everywhere.

Night and day, in joy and sorrow,
Night and day, ‘neath crushing care,
Ask of Christ true Mary-likeness,
Through the year be thus thy prayer;
Christ will hear, and Christ will answer
If thy pleading but ring true -
"Jesus, make me just like Mary;
Mary, make me just like you."

Louis W. Bernicken.
George S. Brady. 1941
Mary in Song and in Prayer.
McLean, Virginia: George S. Brady Press, 1972.

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