Symbols of Christendom: An Elementary and Introductory Textbook

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Longman, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1867 - Christian art and symbolism - 115 pages
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Page 101 - Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, Spare Thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, That the heathen should rule over them : Wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God...
Page 89 - ... God, as it were, now vindicates to himself his own. The cathedral has been described as a vast book in stone, a book which taught by symbolic language, partly plain and obvious to the simpler man, partly shrouded in not less attractive mystery. It was at once strikingly significant and inexhaustible ; bewildering, feeding at once and stimulating profound meditation. Even its height, its vastness might appear to suggest the Inconceivable, the Incomprehensible in the Godhead, to...
Page 41 - It is described as a long pike intersected by a transversal beam. The silken veil, which hung down from the beam, was curiously inwrought with the images of the reigning monarch and his children. The summit of the pike supported a crown of gold which enclosed the mysterious monogram, at once expressive of the figure of the cross, and the initial letters, of the name of Christ.
Page 63 - I come to Thee exulting and glad ; receive me with joy into Thy arms. O good cross, that hast received beauty from our Lord's limbs : I have ardently loved Thee ; long have I desired and sought Thee ; now Thou art found by me, and art made ready for my longing soul...
Page 61 - Last came, and last did go The pilot of the Galilean lake; Two massy keys he bore of metals twain (The golden opes, the iron shuts amain) ; He shook his mitred locks, and stern bespake: 'How well could I have spared for thee, young swain, Enow of such, as for their bellies' sake Creep and intrude and climb into the fold!
Page 63 - O, good Cross, that hast received beauty from our Lord's limbs : I have ardently loved thee. Long have I desired and sought thee; now thou art found by me, and art made ready for my longing soul : receive me into thine arms, take me from among men, and present me to my Master ; that He who redeemed me on thee, may receive me by thee.
Page 41 - But the principal standard, which displayed the triumph of the cross, was styled the Labarum, an obscure, though celebrated name, which has been vainly derived from almost all the languages of the world. It is described as a long pike intersected by a transversal beam.
Page 78 - Every ornament, to deserve the name, must possess an appropriate meaning, and be introduced with an intelligent purpose, and on reasonable grounds. The symbolical associations of each ornament must be understood and considered: otherwise things beautiful in themselves will be rendered absurd by their application...
Page 23 - as far as we can judge from the slight remains of them, as well as from the engravings, exhibit much grandeur of arrangement, and as regards the distribution of the spaces and mode of decoration, approach very near to the wall-paintings of the best period of the Empire. They are also characterized by a peculiar solemnity and dignity of style, though accompanied by certain technical deficiencies.
Page 41 - Constantine; the cross glittered on their helmet, was engraved on their shields, was interwoven into their banners; and the consecrated emblems which adorned the person of the emperor himself were distinguished only by richer materials and more exquisite...

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