One time I thought it was my brain
That made the songs I sing;
But now I know it is a heart
That loveth every thing.
And while his heart’s blood feeds his brain.
To keep it warm and young
A man can live a hundred years,
And day break into song.
Here, for Mary Magdalene, are two more stanzas from The Song of Love by W.H. Davies.
Which sit well with three verses from Psalm 119 (145-147):
With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
I will keep your statutes.
I call to you; save me,
that I may observe your testimonies.
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I hope in your words.
Mary rose before dawn – but was there hope in her heart that Easter morning? She did not give in to despair, but rose before dawn to make her way with her women friends to observe the laws and anoint the body of their Beloved.
Their hearts were still full of love and that daybreak her brain caught up with her heart and hope rose within her. ‘Rabboni!’ (John 20:16).
We celebrate that moment in song to this day:
Dic nobis, Maria.
Quid vidisti in via?
Sepulchrum Christi viventis
Et gloriam vidi resurgentis.
Sudarium et vestes.
Surrexit Christus spes mea;
Praecedet suos in Galilaeam.Or
Tell us Mary Magdalene, say, what you saw when on your way.
I saw the tomb where Christ had lain; I saw his glory as he rose again;
Napkin and linen clothes, and Angels twain.
Yes, Christ my hope is risen, and he will go before you into Galilee.