8/15/13

"Seven swords were in her heart"

ONE instant in a still light
He saw Our Lady then,
Her dress was soft as western sky,
And she was a queen most womanly—
But she was a queen of men.

Over the iron forest
He saw Our Lady stand,
Her eyes were sad withouten art,
And seven swords were in her heart—
But one was in her hand.


~G.K. Chesterton: The Ballad of the White Horse, Bk. VI


Mater Dolorosa, by Titian. Oil on marble, 1553-1554;
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

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