"O Lady of Last Assurance"

"This month of luminous and golden ruin 
Lit long ago the galleys and the guns. 
Here is there nothing but such loitering rhyme 
As down the blank of barren paper runs, 
As I write now, O Lady of Last Assurance, 
Light in the laurels, sunrise of the dead, 
Wind of the ships and lightning of Lepanto, 
In honour of Thee, to whom all honour is fled."

~G.K. Chesterton: from In October.

Read the complete poem here.

Madonna del Rosario, by Caravaggio.
Oil on canvas, c. 1607;
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.