HOW I LOVE THEE

How I love Thee, O my Blessed Virgin Mother! 
Had I been a priest, 
I would have spoken so much of thee. 
Thou art represented as to thee 
I consecrate my soul and all unapproachable;
rather thou shouldst be shown as so easily imitated.

Thou art more Mother than Queen! 
Yet I have heard it said that all the Saints are eclipsed 
by thy radiant brightness, 
as the sun at rising makes the stars disappear. 
How strange that seems,
a mother eclipsing the glory of her children!

I think quite the contrary, sweet Virgin, 
I believe that thou wilt 
immensely increase the splendor of the elect, 
O Sweet Virgin Mary! 
how simple does thy life seem.

-st theresa(the little flower)
photo: Bernardino Luini - Madonna con Bambino addormentato, S. Giovanni e due Angeli (details)

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