Virtuous Visitation


Tune: Woodlands

('Tell out my soul')

Luke 1 v.41-45


Mary arose, went into hill country

With haste, unto Judea, for to see

Her cousin Elisabeth, and her greet

And Zacharias, husband, too did meet


And when Elisabeth heard the greeting

Of Mary, it did great excitement bring

Her unborn babe in womb did joyful leap

John Baptist was he, shared in feelings deep


Elisabeth filled with the Spirit spake

With loud voice, proclamation she did make

Saying, Blessed are you among women, see

And blessed fruit of your womb shall ever be


And why is this to me, that the mother

Of my Lord should come to me? It be sure

That as soon as your greeting reached my ears

The babe leaped in my womb, thus joy appears


And blessed are you, Mary, who have believed

The promise from the Lord you have received

For there shall be a fulfilment, 'tis true

The Christ-child, Jesus, shall be born of you

  • Author: orchidee (Offline Offline)
  • Published: May 30th, 2024 01:11
  • Comment from author about the poem: A hymn-poem in It is for May 31, a 'lesser festival' remembering when Mary visited her cousin Elisabeth. The words in the video are what Mary spoke immediately after the verses in the poem - the Magnificat. its' ridiculous to say that life begins only when one is born. One is alive, even if unborn - as with John Baptist here.
  • Category: Spiritual
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  • Doggerel Dave

    Family troubles?

    • orchidee

      No - a family visit!

      • Doggerel Dave

        Oh better stay schtum then.... you know wot they say about families.... don't wash your dirty linen in public..... LOL

        • orchidee

          Doh! It's a VIRTUOUS visit!

          • Doggerel Dave

            Had to look up ‘virtuous’ as it wasn’t a quality I was particularly familiar with.
            Seems the general consensus is that it means ‘having or exhibiting virtue’………. So please clarify which of those two alternatives you might have had in your head when you saw fit to straighten me out…………

            • orchidee

              I see \'virtue\' as meaning goodness, positivity, etc. Mary and Elisabeth both had, and both exhibited virtue, I would say.

            • 2781

              Yea, they sacrificed their sons and daughters unto devils.

              Forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do.

              • orchidee

                I sacrificed pork pies for Lent. lol.

              • Bobby O

                Nice. . I have always wished that the Bible spent more time exploring the relationships of the sisters, Mary and Elizabeth so I think it’s fitting you brought them into your poem. It held my interest and you know how I am about religious things but man you’re consistent and I gotta give you prop.

                • orchidee

                  Thanks B. The trouble is I insist on singing them too - who can bear that?! lol.

                  • Bobby O

                    You got me laughing. Nice

                    • orchidee

                      Sometimes 'visitation' means a visit in judgement, in the sense of punishment - eek!

                      • Bobby O

                        The 8th station?

                      • Neville

                        We none of us really knows what goes on behind closed doors ..

                        I found this interesting O .. N

                        • orchidee

                          Thanks N.
                          Only one thing goes on behind our closed doors - botox requests! lol.

                        • Cassie58

                          I enjoyed your hymn and the birth of a baby is always joyful. And of course there is life before birth. Happy Thursday Orchi.

                          • orchidee

                            Thanks Cassie. There's horrors of eugenics too - trying to get rid of 'lesser people', cruelly picking on those with special needs, etc, and unspeakable things from concentration camps in the war.
                            With me there's no life after me birth - not in me head, which may be empty often! lol.

                          • Thomas W Case


                            • orchidee

                              Thanks T.

                            • sorenbarrett

                              Here it is Corpus Christi today so this fits well. Good write Orchi

                              • orchidee

                                Thanks SB. Yes - it's not observed so much in the UK.

                              • Goldfinch60

                                Good one Orchi.

                                • orchidee

                                  Thanks Gold.

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