Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Evangeliad (2:1-4)

Section 2:1-4 (corresponding to Matthew 1:18-21)

Now this was the birth of Jesus the Lord,
Full incarnation of God's holy Word:
Mary his mother to Joseph was pledged,
But she began bearing before they were wed.

And Joseph, a man of character set,
Wherein compassion and righteousness met,
Made resolution to quietly part,
And no further shame to Mary impart.

After resolving this heartbroken plan,
An angel of God made visit to him,
And spoke in a dream: "Oh, be not afraid!
Let not appearances leave you dismayed!

Thou, Son of David, listen to me:
Your wife bears not shame, but divinity!
The son she conceived is born from above:
He who is coming to save and to love!

Take your beloved, and marry her still:
Thus shall the will of the Lord be fulfilled.
When he is born, call him Jesus by name,
For he from their sins God's people will save."

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