Saul Window

Martin Entrance Foyer (right window)

Charles J. Connick Associates, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
 

This double window devoted to Robert Browning's poem "Saul" beautifully balances the composition of the Rabbi Ben Ezra Window. The other window's medallions of Youth and Age, a knight battling a monster, and God the "Potter," are echoed in the Saul Window's depictions of David before Saul, Saul battling the Philistines, and Christ the Redeemer. Browning's poem builds to David's prophetic vision of God's plan for the redemption of mankind through Christ.

In the upper window, the radiant figure of Christ as the Redeemer stands before the Gates of Heaven, "See the Christ stand."

In the lower window, David kneels and plays the tune "for which quails on the cornland will each leave his mate." Looking down on David is the dark figure of Saul, "erect as that tent-prop, both arms stretched out wide" with flashes of light across his body from "a sunbeam, that burst thro' the tent roof." Nearby are the quail, the sheep, and the jerboa mentioned in the poem. The center medallion shows Saul in "manhood's prime vigor," as he goes forth to battle. Rays of light from the Hand of God fall toward Saul signifying heavenly approval of his early deeds. Above is the symbol of a city, "a people is thine."

Stained Glass-Saul Upper Section

Excerpts from Robert Browning's "Saul"

Poetry for Upper Section of Window

 O Saul, it shall be
A Face like my face that receives thee:
 a Man like to me,
Thou shalt love and be loved by, forever:
 ;a Hand like this hand
Shall throw open the gates of new life to thee!
 See the Christ stand!

 


 

Stained Glass-Saul, Lower Section

Poetry for Lower Section of Window

Then a sunbeam, that burst through the tent-roof,
     showed Saul.
He stood as erect as that tent-prop, both arms
     stretched out wide . . . .

--Then the tune for which quails on the cornland
 ;will each leave his mate
To fly after the player; then, what makes the
 crickets elate
Till for boldness they fight one another; and
 then, what has weight
To set the quick jerboa a-musing outside his
 sand house--
There are none such as he for a wonder, half
 ;bird and half mouse!
God made all the creatures and gave them our
 love and our fear,
To give sign, we and they are his children, one
 family here.

He is Saul, ye remember in glory,--ere
 error had bent
The broad brow from the daily communion;
 and still, though much spent
Be the life and the bearing that front you, the
 same, God did choose,
To receive what a man may waste, desecrate,
 never quite lose.

Honoring My Beloved Wife
Fredrica Gross Dudley and
In Memory of Our Sons
Ray Lofton Dudley, Jr., and
Bayard Turner Gross Dudley

Gift of Ray Lofton Dudley