• María_Auxiliadora_Lorenzone
    Sonnets for Heaven's Queen

    Help of Christians

    On the Napoleonic Imprisonment of Pius VII   They came. They took our shepherd, and we mourned, The light of day was blunted by our fears, And every form of false belief returned, As fright and terror mingled with our tears.   How long, we wondered, must we orphans wait, Before our Papa would at last see Rome? Or if tomorrow jubilation’s gate Might open for his welcome coming home.   But then, as we sat weeping on the banks Of Babylon, did we remember well, That we had yet to give sufficient thanks For Mary’s helps, too numerous to tell.   Was ever there, in art or peace or…

  • Consolatrix Afflictorum - Nicolo Barbarino
    Sonnets for Heaven's Queen

    Comforter of the Afflicted

    My Lord and King, know that I do not know How choked with gore I now confess Thy reign, Or sense, through all those streams of blood that flow Across Thy face, Thy majesty so plain.   Or how my noxious blood now cleanses me Where only ere I turned to Thee its curse Had added torment to my cries, as we, From our two crosses, suffer, yet converse.   For, I, not knowing Thee before this hour, Repentant, baptized, pardoned and absolved, Feel consolation, like a summer shower, Refreshing me. Yet, something’s unresolved:   That Woman at Thy feet? She seemed to pray For me… who will see Paradise,…

  • Legras - Refuge of Sinners
    Sonnets for Heaven's Queen

    Refuge of Sinners

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  • Curacion del Paralitico - Murillo - 1670
    Sonnets for Heaven's Queen

    Health of the Sick

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  • Stella Maris - Sliema Malta
    Sonnets for Heaven's Queen

    Morning Star

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