The Painting of the Virgin God, seeing in America a child Embracing Faith with jubilation meet, Took up His paints, and on a flowered sheet By His own hand a portrait deftly styled, For He intended Jesus' Mother mild To be that favored Nation's mercy seat, Whence He would issue clemency complete As humble men implored, and Mary smiled. At Guadalupe, Indians, behold Your mother's beauty and kindheartedness! Esteem her counsel more than treasured gold; Revere her friendship; love her tenderness; Take Mary as your Lady long foretold, And venerate her picture's holiness. ---Translation by Margaret Coats Spanish original found on a damaged painting from the early nineteenth century Viendo Dios a la America su amada En brazos de la Fe recien nacida, Toma el pincel y en lamina florida De su mano a MARIA dexa copiada. Madre en ella la da, tan empanada En ver a esta Nacion favorecida Que muestra su clemencia defundida Siempre que es de los hombres implorada. En Guadalupe, Indianos, alli mora Esta Madre comun, esta Hermosura A uestra consuelo se atesora Ved su amabilidad, ved su ternura, Y au tan propra esta MARIA Senora Pintura. Margaret Coats lives in California. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. She has retired from a career of teaching literature, languages, and writing that included considerable work in homeschooling for her own family and others.