Paracelsus Aspires

Leddy-Jones Research Hall

Jacoby Art Glass Company, Saint Louis, Missouri

This window is an effort to catch the spirit of the scene in which Paracelsus makes known his great, far-reaching aspirations to his young friends. There are bits of symbolism running through the detail of the design which touch on his subsequent life. These add interest to the whole.

Stained Glass-Paracelsus (Large)

Excerpts from Robert Browning's
Paracelsus (I. Paracelsus Aspires)

You, if a man may, dare aspire to KNOW:
And that this aim shall differ from a host
Of aims alike in character and kind,
Mostly in this,--that in itself alone
Shall its reward be, not an alien end
Blending therewith; no hope nor fear nor joy
Nor woe, to elsewhere move you, but this pure
Devotion to sustain you or betray:
Thus you aspire.

I go to prove my soul!
I see my way as birds their trackless way.
I shall arrive! what time, what circuit first,
I ask not: but unless God send his hail
Or blinding fireballs, sleet or stifling snow,
In some time, his good time, I shall arrive:
He guides me and the bird. In his good time!

Truth is within ourselves
One--when a beggar, he prepares to plunge,
One--when, a prince, he rises with his pearl.
I go to prove my soul.
I see my way as birds their trackless way.
I shall arrive!

Dedicated to Dr. John Howard Wood

Gift of Frank, John Paul, and Dixie Lynn Wood