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STAINED GLASS

No object can be more dull and meaningless than the stained window of an ancient church building, as long as one stands out-side and looks upon a dark interior; but when one stands within, and looks through that window upon the light from heaven, the still, sweet, solemn forms that lie in it start into life and loveliness. The beauty was all conceived by the mind and wrought by the hand of the ancient artist whose bones now rest in the surrounding churchyard; but the beauty lies hidden until two requisites come together—a seeing eye within, and a shining light without. We often meet with a verse upon the page of the Old Testament Scriptures very like those ancient works of art. The beauty of holiness is in itput into it by the Spirit from the first, and yet its meaning was not fully known until the Sun of righteousness arose, and the Israel of Godno longer kept in the outer court, entered through the rent veil, and from the Holy of Holies, looked through the ancient record on an illuminated heaven

—Matthew Poole's Commentary on the Holy Bible, Vol. 2