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Alcoves on each side of the Martin Entrance Foyer receive sunlight through windows that represent Browning's companion poems of 1850, "Christmas-Eve" and "Easter-Day." These were the first two poems published by Browning after his marriage to Elizabeth Barrett in 1846. In few other instances does Browning make stronger implications about his religious belief.
The Christmas Eve Alcove connects the Entrance Foyer to the Hankamer Treasure Room; the Easter Day Alcove connects the Entrance Foyer to the Leddy-Jones Research Hall. These windows were designed to complement and harmonize with the great central group in the Martin Entrance Foyer.
This window is dominated by the radiant vision of God surrounded by "the Moon-Rainbow." The border expresses the Christmas spirit with its fir tree and star motif, which includes the Star of the East at the top between lighted candles.
Notice the symbol of the airplane and the text on the window, memorializing the life of Robert Boggess, Jr., who died serving his country during World War II.
In youth I looked to these very skies,
And probing their immensities,
I found God there . . . .
In memory of Robert Woodfin Boggess, Jr.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Woodfin Boggess
This window is again dominated by the vision of God at the Last Judgment. He holds the globe of the world and the book of the mind. Below, trumpeting angels herald the end of the world--"the midnight round, one fire."
Easter lilies form the border motifs, and the red-winged seraph of love is presented with the verse:
He who in all his works below
Adapted to the needs of man,
Made love the basis of the plan . . . .;
Dedicated to the memory of Charles E. Gooch
Gift of Mrs. Angel Gooch