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THE LITTLE HEN'S HAIL MARY

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
The lord is not with thee!
He's in the castle counting eggs
Plundered all from me!
        
But, Holy Mary, blest you are,
        YOU ARE HENS' CHOICE FOR GOD!   
        The roosters name God "Mighty Lord!"
        A naming I find odd --
                Were God so mighty, those He loved
                Would never be this small,  
                But, Mary, God-like, you've no might --
                Except to love us all.

Blest art thou among womankind
And each created thing,
And blest the fruit of your great Womb
In which we have our being.
        Holy Mary, Mother God,
        Do pray for all us sinners,
        Or better, at the hour of death,
        Make all the least be winners.
                With your sweet femaleness on High,
                All femaleness is blessing,
                And feisty little hens like me  
                Will find God less depressing.




from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary

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