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Links and material for 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know

For more information on Terry Glaspey, the author, see his website here

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Chapter 72 The Joshua Tree

Where the Streets Have no Name

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

With or Without You

Bullet the Blue Sky

In God’s Country


Lyrics to all U2 Songs

Chapter 73 Paradise Garden

The official website of Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden

CNN Travel with photos

Paradise Garden: Howard Finster building the bicycle tower REM used to video Radio Free Europe. Pic. by John F Tu
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A drone’s eye view

Chapter 74 The Four Holy Gospels

The Making of the Four Holy Gospels

Makoto Fujimura discusses the relationship between art and God

Chapter 75 The Tree of Life

The official trailer to the movie

A short tribute to Terrence Malick’s movie “The Tree of Life” using images and scenes from the movie

An analysis of the movie (Very helpful)

Chapter 67  Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaw

Creation Dance

Hills of Morning

Badlands Flashback

Northern Lights

After the Rain

Wondering Where the Lions Are

Incandescent Blue

No Footprints

All the Diamonds in the World

To read the lyrics to any of the other Bruce Cockburn songs mentioned in the chapter, go to Complete Lyrics of Bruce Cockburn

Chapter 69  The Last Supper

The crucifixion

Chapter 70 Godric

For more about Frederick Buechner, click here to go to his website

Chapter 71 Infidels


The complete lyrics of Bob Dylan (in alphabetical order)


Chapter 61   Cancer Ward

Background on the Russian Civil War

Timeline of Russian History

Chapter 62  At Folsom Prison

Johnny Cash performs “At Folsom Prison” live at San Quentin

Cocaine Blues

Jackson sung by June and Johnny Cash

Greystone Chapel

Man in Black

Chapter 63    The Complete Stories

If you only have time to read one of Flannery O’Connor’s stories, read A Good Man is Hard to Find

If you would like to read more of her stories, go here:  The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor

Chapter 64  Only Visiting This Planet

The Outlaw by Larry Norman

Why Don’t You Look into Jesus?

I Wish We’d All Been Ready

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?

Reader’s Digest

Chapter 65  The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

The Complete Work

The beginning of the song of lament in Movement 1

Movement 2

Movement 3


Totus Tuus


Chapter 59  A Love Supreme

Listen to John Coltrane’s first movement of Love Supreme “Acknowledgement”

Listen to John Coltrane’s second movement of Love Supreme “Resolution”

Listen to John Coltrane’s third movement of Love Supreme “Pursuance”

Listen to the fourth movement of Love Supreme “Psalm”

Chapter 60     Au Hasard du Balthasar

A clip from the movie in which the children meet the donkey Balthasar

Closing scene of the movie

An interview with Robert Bresson about Au Hasard Balthasar

Chapter 61 Andrei Rublev

Watch the entire movie here

In this clip, Rublev decides to return to painting icons and the movie transitions from black and white to color

The snowy crucifixion scene from Andrei Rublev

Woman praying at statue of Madonna in Nostalgia

Ending clip of Nostalgia

The burning house in The Mirror

Solaris — raining inside


Chapter 54  Rome, Open City

This nine minute Youtube video includes one of the scenes discussed in the book as well as some analysis.

The full movie, “Rome, Open City” with English subtitles can be watched here 

Rossellini’s film “Flowers of St. Francis” can be viewed here  (English subtitles)

A clip of the Last Supper from Messiah  (no subtitles but you should be able to figure out the dialogue)

Chapter 55  It’s A Wonderful Life

The ending

A 22 minute video about the making of the movie (a little schmaltzy but interesting)

Meet John Doe — full movie

Chapter 56  “I Will Move On Up a Little Higher”

Listen to the song here

Mahalia Jackson sings “I’ve Been ‘Buked and Scorned” at the March on Washington

Mahalia Jackson sings “How I Got Over” live from the March on Washington


Chapter 51  Quartet for the End of Time

Listen to Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time played by the Trio Oriens at St. Thomas University in Houston

Revelation 10:  And I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. He held a little scroll open in his hand. Setting his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, he gave a great shout, like a lion roaring. And when he shouted, the seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”

Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and the land
raised his right hand to heaven
and swore by him who lives forever and ever,
who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it: “There will be no more delay, but in the days when the seventh angel is to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, as he announced to his servants the prophets.”

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, “Take it, and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth.” So I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.

Then they said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”

Le Merle Noir on Youtube

Chapter 52   Four Quartets

T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets 

T.S. Eliot’s the Waste Land

T.S. Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi   (note: this page includes an audio version of the poem)

T.S. Eliot’s Ash Wednesday

Chapter 53  The Man Born to Be King

A reading of Part One of Dorothy Sayers “The Man Born to Be King” (“Kings of Judea”)  is performed by members of North Point Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Danvers, MA

Canon Michael Hampel discusses Sayer and “The Man Born to be King” at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

Read “Whose Body?” the first in Sayer’s mystery series starring Lord Peter Wimsey on Project Gutenberg


Chapter 48   The Passion of Joan of Arc

Watch the entire movie online    If you only wish to watch an excerpt, drag the slider of the movie to the final scene beginning around 1:12:44

Though this was a silent film, it was often shown with a musical score, and in this video at the University of Notre Dame, the film was shown to the score often used at original performances.

Watch the final resurrection scene in “Ordet”

Chapter 49     Head of Christ

The Christ Child among the Doctors

The child Jesus among doctors by Georges Rouault (1871-1958, France) | Famous Paintings Reproductions |

The Prostitute

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The Injured Clown

The Old Clown

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from Miserere

from Miserere

From Miserere

Christ Mocked by the Soldiers

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Christ in the Suburbs

Christ in the Suburb-1920.

An essay on Rouault’s faith and art 

Chapter 50  The Power and the Glory

A summary of “The Power and the Glory”


Chapter 46 The Resurrection at Cookham

The Nativity

The Nativity

Christ Carrying the Cross

Entry into Jerusalem

Stanley Spencer, Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem. Oil on canvas, 1920.

The Betrayal

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Patricia Preece

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Christ in the Wilderness — the hen

Christ in the Wilderness - The Hen - Stanley Spencer

Christ in the Wilderness – the scorpion

Christ in the Wilderness - The scorpion - Stanley Spencer

Christ in the Wilderness – Consider the Lillies

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Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta

Chapter 47    Death Comes for the Archbishop

Summary and analysis at Shmoops

Ebooks and Short Stories of Willa Cather free online

Statue of Archbishop Lamy

Santa Fe /  Jean Baptiste Lamy

Willa Cather’s childhood home in Nebraska

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Mission Church at Laguna Pueblo from

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Chapter 43   The Innocence of Father Brown

BBC has made a mystery series based on the Father Brown stories.  You can stream them on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and BBC One.

Link to download “The Innocence of Father Brown” to your e-reader.

Link to read or download the complete Father Brown series as a pdf

One Chesterton fan has created links to all of his works currently available online.

Chapter 44 The Life of Christ

Nolde’s full altarpiece

NPR’s “An Encounter With The Work Of Emil Nolde”

Gruenwald’s Isenheim Altarpiece

Sample of Nolde’s postcards

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The Last Supper

The Last Supper, 1909 - Emil Nolde

Christ Among the Children

Dance Around the Golden Calf

Dance Around the Golden Calf, 1910 - Emil Nolde

Christ and the Adulteress

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The Great Gardener

The Great Gardener (Der große Gärtner), 1940 Oil on canvas

Chapter 45 Poems

Download the complete poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins to your ebook or read them online

The Wreck of the Deutschland

An audio reading and analysis of Hopkins’ Terrible Sonnets (9 1/2 mins)


Chapter 40  The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ

What Our Lord Saw from the Cross

The front plate of Tissot’s book with his photo


Portrait of a Pilgrim (last page of The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ)

The Ball on Shipboard

Inward Voices (the Ruins)

From the Brooklyn Eagle April 16, 1900

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For more information on Tissot and his paintings, see this site on WordPress

Chapter 41 The Annunciation

From Wikipedia:  The history of the AME church (for Sally!)

[When first brought to the US] American Methodists remained affiliated with the Church of England, but this state of affairs became untenable after the American Revolution. In response, Wesley ordained the first Methodist elders for America in 1784. Under the leadership of its first bishops, Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury, the “Methodist Episcopal Church” adopted episcopal polity and an itinerant model of ministry that saw circuit riders provide for the religious needs of a widespread and mobile population….

The African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the A.M.E. Church or AME, is.. the first independent Protestant denomination to be founded by black people. It was founded by the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1816 from several black Methodist congregations in the mid-Atlantic area that wanted independence from white Methodists. It was among the first denominations in the United States to be founded on racial rather than theological distinctions and has persistently advocated for the civil and human rights of African Americans through social improvement, religious autonomy, and political engagement…. The AME currently has 20 districts, each with its own bishop: 13 are based in the United States, mostly in the South, while seven are based in Africa. The global membership of the AME is around 2.5 million and it remains one of the largest Methodist denominations in the world.

The Banjo Lesson

Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Banjo Lesson, 1893, oil on canvas, 49 × 35.5 inches / 124.5 × 90.2 cm (Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA)

The Thankful Poor

Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Thankful Poor, 1894, oil on canvas, 90.3 x 112.5 cm / 35 1/2 x 44 1/4 inches (collection of William and Camille Cosby)

Analysis of Tanner’s works at Khan Academy

Daniel and the Lion’s Den

Daniel in the Lions' Den, 1917 - Henry Ossawa Tanner

Chapter 42  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

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A Bird came down the Walk (328)

A Bird came down the Walk—
He did not know I saw—
He bit an Angleworm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw,

And then he drank a Dew
From a convenient Grass—
And then hopped sidewise to the Wall
To let a Beetle pass—

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all around—
They looked like frightened Beads, I thought—
He stirred his Velvet Head

Like one in danger, Cautious,
I offered him a Crumb
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home—

Than Oars divide the Ocean,
Too silver for a seam—
Or Butterflies, off Banks of Noon
Leap, plashless as they swim.

Hope is the thing with feathers (254)

Hope is the thing with feathers  
That perches in the soul,  
And sings the tune without the words,  
And never stops at all,  
And sweetest in the gale is heard;          
And sore must be the storm  
That could abash the little bird  
That kept so many warm.  
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,  
And on the strangest sea;         
Yet, never, in extremity,  
It asked a crumb of me.

Bring Me The Sunset In A Cup – Poem by Emily Dickinson

Bring me the sunset in a cup,
Reckon the morning’s flagons up
And say how many Dew,
Tell me how far the morning leaps—
Tell me what time the weaver sleeps
Who spun the breadth of blue!Write me how many notes there be
In the new Robin’s ecstasy
Among astonished boughs—
How many trips the Tortoise makes—
How many cups the Bee partakes,
The Debauchee of Dews!Also, who laid the Rainbow’s piers,
Also, who leads the docile spheres
By withes of supple blue?
Whose fingers string the stalactite—
Who counts the wampum of the night
To see that none is due?Who built this little Alban House
And shut the windows down so close
My spirit cannot see?
Who’ll let me out some gala day
With implements to fly away,
Passing Pomposity?

Chapter 37  The Brothers Karamazov

For a summary and analysis of the book, see

For a very good overview of Dostoyevsky’s writings and his moral outlook, watch this 14 minute video from the School of Literature

Chapter 38  La Sagrada Familia Cathedral

Statuary on the cathedral


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Examples of animals in statuary

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Park Guell

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Casa Batlló

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Casa Milá

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Chapter 39 Starry Night

Khan Academy’s analysis of “Starry Night”

“The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas Kempis online

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At Eternity’s Gate

potato eaters

The Potato Eaters

A Pair of Shoes, 1886 by Vincent Van Gogh

A Pair of Shoes

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Wheatfield with Crows


Chapter 34  The Light of the World

Warner Sallman “Christ at the Door”

Dante Rosetti’s La Ghirlandata

Khan Academy video analyzing Hunt’s Awakening Conscious

Awakening Conscious — the painting

The Hireling Shepherd

Our English Coasts

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The Scapegoat

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The Shadow of Death

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Chapter 37 :  The Heart of the Andes

Church’s Cotopaxi

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The Icebergs

Icebergs floating in an ocean


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To the Memory of Thomas Cole

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Cross in the Wilderness

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Rural Intelligence Road Trips

Chapter 36 “Fairy Tales”

Read George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin online at Project Gutenberg or Download it for your Kindle or e-reader at

Read George MacDonald’s The Light Princess online at Project Gutenberg or download it for your Kindle or e-reader at

Other works by George MacDonald can also be found on Project Gutenberg.  Click here for a listing.

Chapter 31  The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog

A ten minute Youtube on the Romantic Period

A Cross in the Mountains

Abbey in the Oakwood

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Monastery Graveyard in the Snow

Monastery Graveyard In The Snow

Monk on the Seashore

(For a more in-depth discussion of the Monk by the Sea, see this essay at Khan Academy

Winter Landscape

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The Woman Before the Setting Sun

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Chapter 32  Symphony no. 5 “The Reformation”

Listen to Symphony no. 5 by Mendelssohn on Youtube

The Dresden Amen

Octet in Eb Major (composed at age 16)

Overture to a Midsummer’s Night Dream

Italian Symphony

Violin Concerto

Song without Words


Chapter 33  The Voyage of Life

Khan Academy article on Thomas Cole and the View from Mt Holyoke: The Oxbox

The View from Mt Holyoke

Detail of Hebrew letters on mountain

The Garden of Eden

Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

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Chapter 28  “Songs of Innocence and Experience”

To read the entire works online: Project Gutenberg

Chapter 29  “The Creation”

You can listen to the entire work in English on Youtube:  The Creation performed by the MIT Choir         The chorus “Let there be light” begins here:  Let there be light

Haydn’s Surprise Symphony

Haydn’s Clock Symphony 2nd movement

Haydn’s La Poule

Chapter 30  “Pride and Prejudice”

To read the entire book online:  Project Gutenberg

The Book of Common Prayer online

Chapter 24  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

(“Hymn” refers to the lyrics, not the music.)  The words are:

1. When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown.

4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

To hear the version we sing from our hymnal:

Behold the Glories of the Lamb   (This is usually sung to the tune “Martyrdom” which can be heard here, set to another Isaac Watts hymn.)

1 Behold the glories of the Lamb
amidst His Father’s throne!
amidst His Father’s throne!
Prepare new honors for His name,
and songs before unknown,
and songs before unknown.

2 Let elders worship at His feet,
the church adore around,
the church adore around,
with vials full of odors sweet,
and harps of sweeter sound,
and harps of sweeter sound.

3 Now to the Lamb that once was slain
be endless blessings paid;
be endless blessings paid;
salvation, glory, joy, remain
forever on Thy head,
forever on Thy head.

4 Thou hast redeemed our souls with blood,
hast set the pris’ners free,
hast set the prisoners free,
hast made us kings and priests to God,
and we shall reign with Thee,
and we shall reign with Thee.

Jesus Shall Reign

1. Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does its successive journeys run;
his kingdom spread from shore to shore,
till moons shall wax and wane no more.

2. To Jesus endless prayer be made,
and endless praises crown his head;
his name like sweet perfume shall rise
with every morning sacrifice.

3. People and realms of every tongue
dwell on his love with sweetest song;
and infant voices shall proclaim
their early blessings on his name.

4. Blessings abound where’er he reigns;
all prisoners leap and loose their chains;
the weary find eternal rest,
and all who suffer want are blest.

5. Let every creature rise and bring
honors peculiar to our King;
angels descend with songs again,
and earth repeat the loud amen!

O God Our Help in Ages Past

1. O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of thy throne,
still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting, thou art God,
to endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages, in thy sight,
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night,
before the rising sun.

5. Time, like an ever rolling stream,
bears all who breathe away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

6. O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come;
be thou our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home.

There is a Land of Pure Delight   (This has been set to several different tunes)

1 There is a land of pure delight,
where saints immortal reign;
infinite day excludes the night,
and pleasures banish pain.

2 There everlasting spring abides,
and never-withering flowers;
death, like a narrow sea, divides
that heavenly land from ours.

3 Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood
stand dressed in living green;
so to the Jews old Canaan stood,
while Jordan rolled between.

4 But timorous mortals start and shrink
to cross the narrow sea,
and linger shivering on the brink,
and fear to launch away.

5 O could we make our doubts remove,
those gloomy doubts that rise,
and see the Canaan that we love
with unbeclouded eyes;

6 Could we but climb where Moses stood,
and view the landscape o’er,
not Jordan’s stream, nor death’s cold flood,
should fright us from the shore!

Chapter 25  St. Matthew’s Passion

The full work can be heard here:

The first chorus, “Come, Ye Daughters”

“Before Thy Throne I Come:”

Chapter 26  Messiah

The full work can be heard here:

(Start here for “For Unto Us a Child is born”)

(Start here for the Hallelujah Chorus)

Handel’s Water Music and Royal Fireworks

Handel’s Xerxes

Chapter 27  Amazing Grace

1 Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

2 ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

3 Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come:
’tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

4 The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

5 Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease:
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.

6 The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
the sun forbear to shine;
but God, who called me here below,
will be forever mine.

Judy Collin’s Amazing Grace

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Chapter 21 St. Teresa in Ecstasy

The Khan Academy had an extremely helpful seven minute video discussing this piece which you can find here:  Video


David di Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Galleria Borghese, Roma

Apollo and Daphne

St. Longinus

St. Longinus (ca. 1629-1638)

St. Peter’s Colonnade

Fountain of Four Rivers

Bernini, la Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, piazza Navona, Roma - The Fountain of the Four Rivers, Rome

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Chapter 22  The Return of the Prodigal Son

Saskia in a red hat

Stoning of St. Stephen


Raising of the Cross

Chapter 23  Pilgrim’s Progress

Brief Summary of Pilgrim’s Progress

Sparknotes — a more extensive summary

Chapter 18:  The Holy Sonnets

Links to all 19 of Donne’s Holy Sonnets can be found here:

Other poems by John Donne

The Flea

Mark but this flea, and mark in this,
How little that which thou deniest me is;
It sucked me first, and now sucks thee,
And in this flea our two bloods mingled be;
Thou know’st that this cannot be said
A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead,
    Yet this enjoys before it woo,
    And pampered swells with one blood made of two,
    And this, alas, is more than we would do.
Oh stay, three lives in one flea spare,
Where we almost, nay more than married are.
This flea is you and I, and this
Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is;
Though parents grudge, and you, w’are met,
And cloistered in these living walls of jet.
    Though use make you apt to kill me,
    Let not to that, self-murder added be,
    And sacrilege, three sins in killing three.
Cruel and sudden, hast thou since
Purpled thy nail, in blood of innocence?
Wherein could this flea guilty be,
Except in that drop which it sucked from thee?
Yet thou triumph’st, and say’st that thou
Find’st not thy self, nor me the weaker now;
    ’Tis true; then learn how false, fears be:
    Just so much honor, when thou yield’st to me,
    Will waste, as this flea’s death took life from thee.
Source: The Norton Anthology of Poetry (1996)

The Bracelet

Upon the Loss of His Mistress’s Chain, for Which He Made Satisfaction
NOT that in colour it was like thy hair,
For armlets of that thou mayst 1 let me wear;
Nor that thy hand it oft embraced and kiss’d,
For so it had that good, which oft I miss’d;
Nor for that silly old morality,         5
That, as these links were knit, our love 2 should be,
Mourn I that I thy sevenfold chain have lost;
Nor for the luck sake; but the bitter cost.
O, shall twelve righteous angels, which as yet
No leaven of vile solder did admit;         10
Nor yet by any way have stray’d or gone
From the first state of their creation;
Angels, which heaven commanded to provide
All things to me, and be my faithful guide;
To gain new friends, to appease great enemies; 3         15
To comfort my soul, when I lie or rise;
Shall these twelve innocents, by thy severe
Sentence, dread judge, my sin’s great burden bear?
Shall they be damn’d, and in the furnace thrown,
And punish’d for offences not their own?         20
They save not me, they do not ease my pains,
When in that hell they’re burnt and tied in chains.
Were they but crowns of France, I carèd not,
For most of these their country’s natural rot, 4
I think, possesseth; they come here to us         25
So pale, so lame, so lean, so ruinous.
And howsoe’er French kings most Christian be,
Their crowns are circumcised most Jewishly.
Or were they Spanish stamps, still travelling,
That are become as Catholic as their king;         30
Those unlick’d bear-whelps, unfiled pistolets,
That—more than cannon shot—avails or lets;
Which, negligently left unrounded, look
Like many-angled figures in the book
Of some great conjurer 5 that would enforce         35
Nature, as these do justice, from her course;
Which, as the soul quickens head, feet and heart,
As streams, like veins, run through th’ earth’s every part,
Visit all countries, and have slily made
Gorgeous France, ruin’d, ragged and decay’d,         40
Scotland, which knew no state, proud in one day,
And mangled seventeen-headed Belgia.
Or were it such gold as that wherewithal
Almighty chemics, from each mineral
Having by subtle fire a soul out-pull’d,         45
Are dirtily and desperately gull’d;
I would not spit to quench the fire they’re in,
For they are guilty of much heinous sin.
But shall my harmless angels perish? Shall
I lose my guard, my ease, my food, my all?         50
Much hope which they should nourish will be dead;
Much of my able youth, and lustihead
Will vanish; if thou love, let them alone,
For thou wilt love me less when they are gone;
And be content that some loud squeaking crier,         55
Well-pleas’d with one lean thread-bare groat for hire,
May like a devil roar through every street,
And gall the finder’s conscience, if he meet. 6
Or let me creep to some dread conjurer,
That with fantastic scenes fills full much paper;         60
Which hath divided heaven in tenements,
And with whores, thieves, and murderers stuff’d his rents
So full, that though he pass them all 7 in sin,
He leaves himself no room to enter in.
But if, when all his art and time is spent,         65
He say ’twill ne’er be found; yet be content;
Receive from him that doom 8 ungrudgingly,
Because he is the mouth of destiny.
Thou say’st, alas! the gold doth still remain,
Though it be changed, and put into a chain.         70
So in the first fallen angels resteth still
Wisdom and knowledge, but ’tis turn’d to ill;
As these should do good works, and should provide
Necessities; but now must nurse thy pride.
And they are still bad angels; mine are none;         75
For form gives being, and their form is gone.
Pity these angels yet; their dignities
Pass Virtues, Powers, and Principalities.
But thou art resolute; thy will be done;
Yet with such anguish, as her only son         80
The mother in the hungry grave doth lay,
Unto the fire these martyrs I betray.
Good souls—for you give life to everything—
Good angels—for good messages you bring—
Destined you might have been to such an one,         85
As would have loved and worshipp’d you alone;
One that would suffer hunger, nakedness,
Yea death, ere he would make your number less;
But, I am guilty of your sad decay;
May your few fellows longer with me stay.         90
But O! thou wretched finder whom I hate
So, that I almost pity thy estate,
Gold being the heaviest metal amongst all,
May my most heavy curse upon thee fall.
Here fetter’d, manacled, and hang’d in chains,         95
First mayst thou be; then chain’d to hellish pains;
Or be with foreign gold bribed to betray
Thy country, and fail both of it and thy 9 pay.
May the next thing thou stoop’st to reach, contain
Poison, whose nimble fume rot thy moist brain;         100
Or libels, or some interdicted thing,
Which negligently kept thy ruin bring.
Lust-bred diseases rot thee; and dwell with thee
Itching desire, and no ability.
May all the evils that gold ever wrought;         105
All mischief that all devils ever thought;
Want after plenty, poor and gouty age,
The plagues of travellers, love, marriage 10
Afflict thee, and at thy life’s last moment,
May thy swollen sins themselves to thee present.         110
  But, I forgive; repent thee, honest man!
Gold is restorative; restore it then:
But if from it thou be’st loth to depart, 11
Because ’tis cordial, would ’twere at thy heart.

Chapter 19: The Temple

Easter Wings

Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
      Though foolishly he lost the same,
            Decaying more and more,
                  Till he became
                        Most poore:
                        With thee
                  O let me rise
            As larks, harmoniously,
      And sing this day thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.
My tender age in sorrow did beginne
      And still with sicknesses and shame.
            Thou didst so punish sinne,
                  That I became
                        Most thinne.
                        With thee
                  Let me combine,
            And feel thy victorie:
         For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.

The Altar

A broken ALTAR, Lord, thy servant rears,
Made of a heart and cemented with tears;
Whose parts are as thy hand did frame;
No workman’s tool hath touch’d the same.
A HEART alone
Is such a stone,
As nothing but
Thy pow’r doth cut.
Wherefore each part
Of my hard heart
Meets in this frame
To praise thy name.
That if I chance to hold my peace,
These stones to praise thee may not cease.
Oh, let thy blessed SACRIFICE be mine,
And sanctify this ALTAR to be thine.

Prayer (I)

Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age,
God’s breath in man returning to his birth,
The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth
Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r,
Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
The six-days world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
Heaven in ordinary, man well drest,
The milky way, the bird of Paradise,
Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul’s blood,
The land of spices; something understood.

Chapter 20 Agnus Dei

The Crucifixion of Christ


Saint Serapion


Crucified Christ Contemplated by a Painter


Chapter 15:  The Procession to Calvary

Port of Naples:

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Battle between Carnival and Lent

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Children’s Games

Flemish Proverbs

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The Parable of the Blind

Flight into Egypt

Parable of the Sower

Census at Bethlehem

Chapter 16: The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

The Assumption of the Virgin


Fray Hortensio Felix Paravincino

View of Toledo

Christ on the Cross Adored by Two Donors

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Revelation of John

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Adoration of the Shepherds

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Chapter 17: The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

The Supper at Emmaus

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The Calling of St. Matthew

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The Taking of Christ

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The Conversion of St Paul

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Crucifixion of St. Peter

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David and Goliath

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Chapter 6:  The Divine Comedy

For a summary of the plot and additional information on Dante, go to

Excerpt from The Inferno (translation by Robert and Jean Hollander)

The pilgrim has lost his way in a woods where he meets Virgil who tells the pilgrim he will show him hell.

‘Therefore, for your sake, I think it wise you follow me: I will be your guide, leading you, from here, through an eternal place where you shall hear despairing cries and see those ancient souls in pain as they bewail their second death.  Then you shall see the ones who are content to burn because they hope to come, whenever it may be, among the blessed. Should you desire to ascend to these, you’ll find a soul more fit to lead than I: I’ll leave you in her care when I depart.  For the Emperor who has His seat on high wills not, because I was a rebel to His law, that I should make my way into His city. In every part He reigns and there He rules. There is His city and His lofty seat. Happy the one whom He elects to be there!’ And I answered: ‘Poet, I entreat you by the God you did not know, so that I may escape this harm and worse, lead me to the realms you’ve just described that I may see Saint Peter’s gate and those you tell me are so sorrowful.’ Then he set out and I came on behind him….


These words, dark in hue, I saw inscribed over an archway. And then I said: ‘Master, for me their meaning is hard.’ And he, as one who understood: ‘Here you must banish all distrust, here must all cowardice be slain. We have come to where I said you would see the miserable sinners who have lost the good of the intellect.’ And after he had put his hand on mine with a reassuring look that gave me comfort, he led me toward things unknown to man. Now sighs, loud wailing, lamentation resounded through the starless air, so that I too began to weep. Unfamiliar tongues, horrendous accents, words of suffering, cries of rage, voices loud and faint, the sound of slapping hands— all these made a tumult, always whirling in that black and timeless air,  as sand is swirled in a whirlwind. And I, my head encircled by error, said: ‘Master, what is this I hear, and what people  are these so overcome by pain?’ And he to me: ‘This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace yet without praise. They intermingle with that wicked band of angels, not rebellious and not faithful to God, who held themselves apart. Loath to impair its beauty, Heaven casts them out, and depth of Hell does not receive them lest on their account the evil angels gloat.’ And I: ‘Master, what is so grievous to them, that they lament so bitterly?’ He replied: ‘I can tell you in few words. ‘They have no hope of death, and their blind life is so abject that they are envious of every other lot. The world does not permit report of them. Mercy and justice hold them in contempt. Let us not speak of them— look and pass by.’

Dante. The Inferno (The Divine Comedy series Book 1) (Kindle Locations 1336-1463). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Excerpt from Paradiso

The pilgrim meets a woman he once knew now dwelling in Paradise but who is in one of the lower ranks of the blessed due to some errors in her earthly life.  He asks her if she is envious of those above her. She replies:

‘Our affections, which are inflamed only when they please the Holy Spirit, take joy in their adherence to His plan, and this our lot, which seems so very low, is given us because of vows neglected and, in part, no longer valid.’ Then I said to her: ‘From your transfigured faces shines forth a divinity I do not know, and it transforms the images I can recall. That is why my memory worked so slowly, but now what you have said has helped me and I more readily recall your features. But tell me, do you, who are here content, desire to achieve a higher place, where you might see still more and make yourselves more dear?’ Along with the other shades, she smiled, then answered me with so much gladness she seemed alight with love’s first fire: ‘Brother, the power of love subdues our will so that we long for only what we have and thirst for nothing else. If we desired to be more exalted, our desires would be discordant with His will, which assigns us to this place. That, as you will see, would not befit these circles if to be ruled by love is here required and if you consider well the nature of that love. No, it is the very essence of this blessèd state that we remain within the will of God, so that our wills combine in unity. Therefore our rank, from height to height, throughout this kingdom pleases all the kingdom, as it delights the King who wills us to His will. ‘And in His will is our peace.  It is to that sea all things move, both what His will creates and that which nature makes.’

Dante. Paradiso (The Divine Comedy series Book 3) (Kindle Locations 1468-1555). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Click here to read the full Inferno online

Click here to read Purgatory online

Click here to read Paradise online

A map of Dante’s Inferno:

Chapter 8:  The Scrovegni Chapel Frescos


   The exterior


 Cimabue’s “Virgin Enthroned with Angels”


    Giotto’s “Madonna and Child”


  Giotto’s Betrayal of Jesus




  Giotto’s “St. Francis Preaching to the Birds”


  Giotto’s “St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata”

Chapter 9  “The Holy Trinity Icon”


  Icon of Luke painting Mary

Chapter 10:  The Adoration of the Lamb


  Cathedral of St. Bavo in Ghent


  Arnolfini Wedding Portrait


  Man in a Red Turban


  Madonna with Chancellor Rolin


Madonna in a church

Chap 1:  p. 22  Sarcophagi of Junius Bassus

another example of some art from a tomb in the catacombs.  This one from around 300 AD depicts Jesus as a Roman philosopher

Chapter 2   p. 26   The Book of Durrow

p. 26 The Lindisfarne Gospels

Chapter 3   Gregorian Chant

Youtube of the Spanish Benedictine Monks of Santo Dominigo de Silos:

An explanation and example of melismatic singing:

If you want to learn even more about Gregorian Chant, check out this youtube:

Chapter 4 Ordo Virtumtum

Listen to an excerpt at

A video of the entire production of Ordo Virtumtum:

A sampling of poems and prayers by Hildegard of Bingen

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Chapter 5: Chartes Cathedral

For a pictorial tour:

p. 36   “The Last Judgment”  

p. 36 Noah window

Noah Window Chartres

p.36 Rose window

p. 36  Hagia Sophia in Constantinople

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p. 36 St. Sernin in Toulose, France

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p. 38 Gargoyle pup

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Chapter 6:  The Windows of Sainte-Chapelle


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p. 40  Crown of thorns

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p. 43  Stained glass window at Strasbourg

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Stained glass at Siena Cathedral

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William Morris stained glass

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The Good Samaritan at Union Church by Marc Chagall

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