Mariae Corolla

subtitled “A Wreath for Our Lady” (I think that is what it means), this book is a collection of poems by Fr. Edumund of the Heart of Mary, C.P (Benjamin D. Hill), from 1898.  While it is a fairly rare book, I’m finding copies of it all over this library at the University of Dayton.  Of course the Marian Library has multiple copies, but the regular library has it also, and so does the U.S. Catholic Collection.  Some of the poems are quite impressive.  Here is part of “Via Immaculata” (A devotion for Holy Communion)

Mary, thou chosen, thou Immaculate Way
Whereby our Jesus came unto His own;
Behold, to me He comes, to make a throne
Of my poor heart for brief, but gracious, stay!
Let me by thee recieve Him:  for I may,
Since thus the world received Him–thus alone.
Lend me thy Heart, that treasure only known
At its full worth by Him who comes to-day.
Come to me, then O Jesus–come, my King!
For see, I offer Thee a sinless Heart–
The one which drew Thee earthward in the hour
When, swifter than the glad archangel’s wing,
Thou answeredst Mary’s answer!  Nor depart
Till she hath spoil’d thee a rich mercy’s dower.

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