In a Gondola

Leddy-Jones Research Hall

Jacoby Art Glass Company, Saint Louis, Missouri

Stained Glass-In a Gondola

Excerpts from Robert Browning's
"In a Gondola"

He sings
I send my heart up to thee, all my heart
In this my singing.
For the stars help me, and the sea bears part;
The very night is clinging
Closer to Venice' streets to leave one space
Above me, whence thy face
May light my joyous heart to thee its dwelling place.

She sings
The moth's kiss, first!
Kiss me as if you made believe
You were not sure, this eve,
How my face, your flower, had pursed
Its petals up; so, here and there
You brush it, till I grow aware
Who wants me, and wide ope I burst.

The bee's kiss, now!
Kiss me as if you entered gay
My heart at some noonday,
A bud that dares not disallow
The claim, so all is rendered up,
And passively its shattered cup
Over your head to sleep I bow.

 

I send my heart up to thee, all my heart
In this my singing.

Honoring Lucie Meusebach Marschall

Gift of Cornelia Marschall and Charles G. Smith