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In sharp contrast to the somber Prospice window in this room, this window is devoted to the young silk mill worker, Pippa. She is relishing her New Year's Day holiday in the tiny, hillside town of Asolo, Italy. Her joyful figure is surrounded by four medallions representing scenes--with symbols of morning, noon, evening, and night--that take place throughout her day. At morning, represented below the crowing cock, are Sebald and Ottima; the noonday sun shines on Jules and Phene; the evening bell tolls over Luigi and his Mother, and the stars of night encircle the Monsignor and his Attendant. Pippa goes through the town totally unconscious of the effect her happy songs are having upon the world.
At the top, in the border of spring flowers, is the hand of God from heaven. In the corners are scales of justice and equality, and at either side are significant symbols of the central story. Below the major section of the window, stand the angels of justice and goodness.
Pippa Passes, a Drama was published in April 1841, the first of the pamphlets in the Bells and Pomegranates series. The familiar excerpt below, commonly known as "Pippa's Song," is from the first act of the play and is also the text on the window.
Excerpt from Robert Browning's
Pippa Passes, A Drama
The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in his heaven--
All's right with the world!;
In memoriam Oswald Bowman Perot
Gift of Mrs. O.P. Perot (now Mrs. Louis E. Lutz)