Ring and the Book, X, Pope Window II

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

This window is complemented with a lovely symbol of Pompilia, like a madonna of sorrows, which was inspired by lines from the "Giuseppe Caponsacchi" segment of The Ring and the Book: ". . . and there at the window stood, / Framed in its black square length, with lamp in hand, / Pompilia; the same great, grave, griefful air / As stands i' the dusk, on altar that I know, / Left alone with one moonbeam in her cell, / Our lady of all the Sorrows." The angels below bear symbols of patience and purity, from a line in "The Pope": "Yet if in purity and patience, if / In faith held fast despite the plucking fiend . . . ."

At the top is the golden ship ornament, and throughout the white rose border are significant symbols of Pompilia: the tree ("Why is it you are turned a sort of tree?"); the lamb, the red cross of faith, Saint Michael, the fawn "tired to death in the thicket," Pompilia and her child, the carriage, and the dome of Saint Peter's in Rome.

Window - R&B Pope 2

Excerpt from Robert Browning's
The Ring and the Book, X, "The Pope"

          . . . but they make not up, I think,
The marvel of a soul like thine, earth's flower
She holds up to the softened gaze of God!
It was not given Pompilia to know much,
Speak much, to write a book, to move man kind,
Be memorized by who records my time.
Yet if in purity and patience, if
In faith held fast despite the plucking fiend . . .
If there be any virtue, any praise,--
Then will this woman-child have proved--
   who knows?

My flower, My rose, I gather for the breast of God.
This I praise most in thee, where all I praise,
That having been obedient to the end
According to the light allotted, law
Prescribed thy life, still tried, still standing test.

In memoriam
1853 Nannie E. Boggess 1945
1839 Wife of Professor Albert Boggess 1891

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Offa Boggess, Woodfin Boggess, Mrs. Justin F. Kimball, Sr., Mrs. John W. Boggess, Mr. Albert Boggess