Section 1:19-24 (corresponding to Luke 1:18-23)
Then to the angel Zacharias said,
“How can this be? My younger years have fled!
My wife Elizabeth is aged too;
How can I know that what you say is true?”
And thus the angel said to his reply:
"I stand and serve before the Lord Most High.
Gabriel my name, speaking unto you:
The testimony that I bear is true.
From this day forth your mouth shall speechless be,
Until your eyes behold the prophecy;
For you distrusted God’s appointed way,
Yet it shall be, despite your lack of faith.”
Outside, the gathered faithful wondered why
The old priest tarried for so long inside.
Then out came Zacharias, void of speech:
He could not pray, and neither could he teach.
The crowd assumed he’d seen a vision there,
But what it was, the old priest could not share.
He finished all his work of ministry,
Then went back home, to where his wife would be.