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Behold, a White Horse (17 of 18)
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Clarence Edward Macartney
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse;
and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True.
Milan, a famous city on the Lombard Plain, is a place
of stirring memories. In the ruins of the church of
St. Ambrogio you recall how Ambrose there refused
Theodosius the sacrament because of his massacre of
the populace at Thessalonica. When the emperor
protested, by way of extenuation, that David was both
a murderer and an adulterer, Ambrose said to him, "You
have imitated David in his crime; now imitate him in
One's heart thrills to remember that under that same
blue sky, and perhaps on the very spot over which one
is walking, the Holy Spirit won His mighty conquest
over the soul of Augustine.
In the refectory of the monastery of Santa Maria della
Grazie you can see the poor ghost of Leonardo da
Vinci's "Last Supper." But the chief glory of Milan is
its cathedral. Coming out of the glare of the Italian
sun, you find the great spaces of Europe's third
largest cathedral, and in some respects its most
beautiful, stretching out before you. The 52 marble
columns which hold up the lofty octagonal dome, and
the 4,440 turrets, pinnacles, and the statues of
angels and saints produce an incomparable combination
of grace and grandeur, beauty and vastness.
Passing behind the high altar, you are suddenly
confronted by one of the largest stained-glass windows
in the world, like a window opened in heaven. The
afternoon sun streaming through the window turns it
into a sea of glass mingled with fire, whereon are
depicted, not the scenes of the Old Testament, the
Creation, the Fall, the Flood, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph,
Moses, Elijah, David, the judges, the kings, and the
prophets; nor the scenes of the Gospels, the
Incarnation, the Temptation, the Denial, the
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