The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Purity Born of a Maid

The Purification of St. Mary The Virgin

Words: Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), Before 1886

See: Christmastide Poems of Christina Rossetti

Source: The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, with a Memoir and Notes by William Michael Rossetti (1904), page 173.

Purity born of a Maid:
Was such a Virgin defiled?
Nay, by no shade of a shade.
She offered her gift of pure love,
A dove with a fair fellow-dove,
A dove with a fair fellow-dove.
She offered her Innocent Child
The Essence and Author of Love;
The Lamb that indwelt by the Dove
Was spotless and holy and mild;
More pure than all other,
More pure than His Mother,
Her God and Redeemer and Child.

Note: The Feast of the Purification is observed February 2 in the Latin rite, the same date as Candlemas. It is also known as the Feast of the Presentation.

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