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.