Paracelsus

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

Imagery in this window was inspired by lines found in Part II of Paracelsus. The dominating medallion is devoted to the Italian poet Aprile's appearance to the student Paracelsus, "How he stands with eve's last sunbeam staying on his hair." Near the end of their conversation, Aprile points upward toward the symbol of Christ, saying: "'Tis He, the King, you seek." In the field of the window is a symbol of "Lake and Sun." Secondary medallions in the window symbolize Aprile's aspirations: "I would carve in stone, or cast in brass. . . ."

Symbols interspersed throughout the border of pansies represent descriptive lines in Part II: "the dog-fish tracking a dead whale"; "and load my bark, and hasten back"; "pyramid and crypt"; "I would contrive and paint"; the "ancient hunter"; the "shepherd-king, regal for his white locks"; the "nymph, supposed the sweet soul of a woodland tree"; "music, breathing mysterious motions of the soul"; and "I went far."

Window - Paracelsus

Excerpt from Robert Browning's
Paracelsus, Part I

Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate'er you may believe.
There is an inmost centre in us all,
Where truth abides in fulness; and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error: and, to KNOW,
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.

Truth is within ourselves; and to KNOW
Consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape.
;

In memoriam John Edward Hoehn

Gift of Mrs. Charlotte Hoehn