Our fathers have told us; the Bible of Amiens chapter IV, Interpretations
ISBN 0217027679 (0-217-02767-9)
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...forgiveness to her deadliest enemy, under the porch of St. Mark's. But the meaning of every act, as of every art, of the Christian ages, lost now for three hundred years, cannot but be in our own times read reversed, if at all, through the counter-spirit which we now have reached; glorifying Pride and Avarice as the virtues by which all things move and have their being--walking after our own lusts as our sole guides to salvation, and foaming out our own shame for the sole earthly product of our hands and lips. 36. Of the statue of Christ, itself, I will not speak here at any length, as no sculpture would satisfy, or ought to satisfy, the hope of any loving soul that has learned to trust in Him; but at the time, it was beyond what till then had been reached in sculptured tenderness; and was known far and near as the "Beau Dieu d'Amiens." f Yet understood, observe, just as clearly to be no more than a symbol of the Heavenly Presence, See my abstract of the history of Barbarossa and Alexander, in 'Fiction, Fair and Foul,' Nineteenth Century, November, 1880, pp. 752 seq. (See "On the Old Road," Vol. II., p. 3.) t See account, and careful drawing of it, in Viollet le Due--article "Christ," Diet, of Architecture, iii. 245. as the poor coiling worms below were no more than symbols of the demoniac ones, No idol, in our sense of the word--only a letter, or sign of the Living Spirit,--which, however, was indeed conceived by every worshipper as here meeting him at the temple gate: the Word of Life, the King of Glory, and the Lord of Hosts. "Dominus Virtutum," "Lord of Virtues," is the best single rendering of the idea conveyed to a well-taught disciple in the thirteenth century by the words of the twenty-fourth Psalm. 37. Under the feet of His apostles,...
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