It is "the virgin" who shall be with child:
Saint Matthew draws the veil from prophecy -
"Young woman" too Isaiah's word can be;
Hence Mary, by her holiness beguiled,
Had vowed to stay a virgin, reconciled
To serve a wife and mother's son. But she
Was made by God from all eternity
To voice her fiat once the angel hailed.
And hence, the much perplexed Immaculate
Had cast about within her mind to know
The greeting's meaning; hence her first reply,
Making that moment almost God must wait -
For perfect, seized obedience, to show
A Virgin Mother shyly meet His eye.
© Andrew Huntley