2 Terrell DG, Short Notes on the Renaissance III Now, through my period eye, this is what I see:
Against a plain Doric column
, marked with an “S” signifying strength, is a level that
reminds me that I am traveling upon the level of time towards eternity. Life is fleeting. Be strong.
Against the fancy Corinthian column, the “B” for beauty, is a plumb, that reminds me to
walk uprightly in my duty to God and Man, living a beautiful life.
Between them is a tracing board, that reminds me to plan my life carefully and not drift idly through it.
Beneath them is a checkered floor, representing life. As you walk through life, some days are light, and sometimes they are dark.
At the base of the ladder, is a dot in a circle, between two lines. I am the dot and the two lines represent St. John the Baptist and St. John the Revelator. The nearby book, also touching the circle is the Holy Scriptures. As long as I keep my life circumscribed by their teachings, it is impossible for me to seriously err in my life.
he ladder is Jacob’s ladder, leading up to heaven. The scriptures are the gateway to it.
Upon it, from bottom to top, are faith, hope and charity--each identifiable by the items they hold. T
he ionic column at center rear is marked with “W”, for wisdom. The Square
leaning against it reminds me to square my actions as on would measure the squareness of a stone. The compasses laying there whisper that I should circumscribe my desires and keep my passions within due bounds.
The rough stone on the left is my soul, in its rough, mortal condition. Upon it are tools that I should figuratively use to shape myself, until I resemble the stone on the right,
which is finished and worthy of being part of the temple in the heavens, “not made with hands.”
The sun, moon and stars line up with the columns of strength and beauty, and match their meanings, but above wisdom is the eye of God, which reminds me that there are no secrets
that even my private weaknesses and sins are known to God and I should govern my life accordingly. The tessellated border around the whole reminds me that I am surrounded by the golden cord of God's love.
Finally, the directions marked around the edges. As I walk into the image I walk from the west, where the sun set as I came into this dark and dreary world, and through the night towards the east, when I shall pass the gates of death into the rising sun of eternal day, in God's presence.