Blessed Mary

An Easter Lily,1 born with skin snow white,2
With eyes of green and lovely golden hair,3
You will, as the most beautiful and fair,4
On your last day, pass over5 to the light.

You have found favor with our Lord and God,6
And are elect and blessed.7 You can with love,
Exclaim, "My soul doth magnify the Lord,
My Spirit hath rejoiced in God's true Word."8
A chosen one, who's blessed9 by God above,
You're highly favored,10 holding to the rod.11

You're like the tree, so beautiful and white,
That yields the sweetest fruit for all to share.12
The fruit is blessed, which you by labor bear,13
Your tree of life14 grows gloriously bright.15

by John P. Pratt
18 April 1995
Her Sixteenth Birthday

1. Another name for Mary.
2. 1 Nephi 11: 8,13.
3. As seen in a dream.
4. 1 Nephi 11:15.
5. Born on last day of Passover.
6. Luke 1:30.
7. Luke 1:28.
8. Luke 1:46-47.
9. Luke 1:45.
10. Luke 1:28.
11. Luke 1:45, 1 Nep. 11:25.
12. 1 Nep. 8:11, 11:8,22.
13. Luke 1:42, D.C. 101:100.
14. Alma 32:40-42.
15. Mat. 5:16, Alma 32:35.

This is a Chiastic Sonnet

The above sonnet is a chiasm. For an explanation of what that means, see my main Poetry page.