• Peter Murcott

An Elegy to the Virgin Birth


Garcia del Barco, Triptych of the Nativity

The Virgin Birth was once a literal belief

For Christians; but the doctrine brought such grief

To modern man — so having-come-of-age —

That he felt compelled to engage

Himself, with no effort spurned,

To cause all meaning to be turned

Upside down, through a labyrinth

Of abstruse thought, folk-lore and myth.

Thus a host of gentle scholars, teeming

To be heard, drained the Virgin Birth of all meaning;

Whilst solemnly, for all they’re worth,

Insisting: “We believe in the Virgin Birth…”

(Though in what way, one cannot see)

“But not gynaecologically.”

And who can fathom what is emerging? -

That Mary was and was not a virgin!

So, quiet, please, you gentle men,

Squeezing gentle words from a gentle pen,

I hereby confess that my intellect is slight —

It completely lacks your come-of-age insight;

But eternal truth for ever stands,

Despite the contemporary show of hands;

Nor can it e’er be blown off course

By thousands crying something false;

And though I know you don’t believe

The Bible as I do, it does say that those who leave

The way of understanding (words so dread)

Shall remain in the congregation of the dead!

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