Mary of Magdala

"O gentle Mary, don't cry. Know,
For you, who have been sorely tried,
Brief will be your grief,
And doubt and fear will swiftly fly

When you embrace a matter-free thought keenly,
And follow me to learn of our Father's power,
And trust in Him, in good, and love serenely
That spiritual perception, the healing path
Called Resurrection."

She, bearing witness to Jesus, replied,
"I will not fear the darkest night, dearest Master."
Forgotten were mind's sore vexations as morning
Turned bright before her eyes.

Pure of heart, Mary was the first to behold

The risen, living Christ!

—Eva-Maria Hogrefe

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