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The Festival Fast of the Annunciation

Tamely, frail body, abstain today; today My soul eats twice, Christ hither and away. She sees him man, so like God made in this, That of them both a circle emblem is, Whose first and last concur; this doubtful day Of feast or fast, Christ came, and went away; She sees him nothing, twice at once, who is all; She sees a cedar plant itself, and fall, Her maker put to making, and the head Of life at once not yet alive, yet dead; She sees at once the virgin mother stay Reclused at home, public at Golgotha; Sad and rejoiced she’s seen at once, and seen At almost fifty, and at scarce fifteen; At once a son is promised her, and gone, Gabriel gives Christ to her, he her to John; Not fully a mother, she’s in orbity, At once receiver and the legacy; All this, and all between, this day hath shown, Th’abridgement of Christ’s story, which makes one— As in plain maps, the furthest west is east— Of th’angel’s Ave, and Consummatum …