James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

March 25

The Annunciation

By Father John Banister Tabb (1845–1909)

“FIAT!”—The flaming word

Flashed, as the brooding Bird

Uttered the doom far heard

Of Death and Night.

“Fiat!”—A cloistered womb—

A sealed, untainted tomb—

Wakes to the birth and bloom

Of Life and Light.