Monday, March 31, 2008

Annunciation



Salvation to all that will is nigh;
That All, which always is all everywhere,
Which cannot sin, and yet all sins must bear,
Which cannot die, yet cannot choose but die,
Lo, faithful virgin, yields Himself to lie
In prison, in thy womb; and though He there
Can take no sin, nor thou give, yet He will wear,
Taken from thence, flesh, which death's force may try.
Ere by the spheres time was created, thou
Wast in His mind, who is thy Son and Brother;
Whom thou conceivst, conceived; yea thou art now
Thy Maker's maker, and thy Father's mother;
Thou hast light in dark, and shutst in little room,
Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb.

~John Donne

4 comments:

Tom in Vegas said...

That final line from Donne's Nativity is quite beautiful and famous. And, speaking of beautiful, WHERE did you find that image? Goodness, the angle and elevation from where the onlooker surveys the scene is extraordinary! Excellent selection.

Argent said...

I love the La Corona divine poems. I made a little booklet with paintings by van Eyck for my holy hour meditations.

The painting is called the Friedsam Annunciation attributed to the "Circle of Eyck"....first, it was attributed to Hubert van Eyck, then to Jan van Eyck, then lastly, to Petrus Christus who took over Jan's workshop after van Eyck's death.

Argent said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that the Friedsam Annunciation is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Go see it next time you're in New York.

Tom in Vegas said...

Thank you!