Lady Chapel - St Mary the Virgin Windows
There are eight windows dedicated to the Virgin Mary over the altar of the Lady Chapel.
The inscription reads:
To the Greater Glory of God in honour
of St Mary the Virgin
These Sanctuary windows were dedicated
in October 1906.
1. & 2. By Clara Elizabeth Smith
in memory of her Parents Sarah Ann
Kirby, died Sept 18.1899 and Rayment Kirby,
died May 26 1906 RIP
3. & 4. In memory of Herbert Irons Chope,
died Jan 17 1906 RIP
5. Out of devotion to St Mary.
6. In memory of Thomas Jervis, died June 2 1906 RIP
7. & 8. By Ethel Taylor as a thankoffering
for spiritual blessings received
These first two windows (left) bear words which are the taken from the opening verse of a hymn by Venantius Fortunatus (530-609) (Quem terra, pontus, aethera)....
The God whom earth and sea and sky
Adore and Laud and Magnify
Who governs all the threefold frame
To birth as child of Mary came
The parchment latin text in window 2 reads:
“Ecce, virgo concipiet et pariet filium”
"Behold a virgin shall conceive and shall bear a son.” Isaiah 7:14
For the remaining windows, words in the same meter are used:
Beneath th’ o’er shadowing of grace,
A maiden lent a dwelling place
To that dread Lord, whom night and day
The sun and moon shall all obey.
Windows 5 and 6 (left)
All that was lost by woful (sic) Eve
Thy beauteous Offspring did retrieve
That mourners might regain the height
Heav’n made of thee its window bright
Windows 7 and 8 (right)
Thou wast the great king’s entrance door
Light’s gate, through which the sunbeams pour;
Ye ransom’d nations, hail with [mirth]
Life through the Virgin brought to earth.
[The word 'mirth' is unclear]