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Although the text featured in the window is taken from the "Pompilia" section of The Ring and the Book, the central figure in this window is devoted to Caponsacchi. The "reluctant dragon" is subjugated at his feet. He holds the golden rose, symbol of meritorious service; and rays of divine grace from the "God" symbol descend upon him. The arms of the Caponsacchi family are placed in the border above. Beside him are the angelic figures of "truth" and "duty." Angels of the Choir of Virtues are designed below.
At the four corners of the border of oak-leaf-and-acorn pattern, are lions of courage, and at either side are guardian angels and flaming hearts of compassion.
Excerpt from Robert Browning's
The Ring and the Book, VII, "Pompilia"
Our Caponsacchi, he's your true Saint George
To slay the monster, set the Princess free,
And have the whole High-Altar to himself:
I always think so when I see that piece
I' the Pieve, that's his church and mine, you know:
Though you drop eyes at mention of his name!
So, let him wait God's instant men call years:
Meantime hold hard by truth and his great soul,
Do out the duty! Through such souls alone
God stooping shows sufficient of his light
For us i' the dark to rise by. And I rise.
In memoriam Earl Brooks Smyth
1928 Member Baylor Board of Trustees 1943
Gift of Mrs. Rosalynd Kyser Smyth