All Saints Church

The Lady Chapel east window

The last panel of this window, the Coronation of the Virgin, chimes in closely with a verse of the well-known 17 th -century Anglican hymn ‘Her virgin eyes saw God incarnate born’ (The English Hymnal 217). Its author is Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711).

Her Virgin eyes saw God incarnate born,
when she to Bethlem came that happy morn:
how high her raptures then began to swell,
none but her own omniscient Son can tell.

As Eve, when she her fontal sin reviewed,
wept for herself and all she should include,
blest Mary, with man's Saviour in embrace,
joyed for herself and for all human race.

All saints are by her Son’s dear influence blest;
she kept the very fountain at her breast:
the Son adored and nursed by the sweet Maid
a thousandfold of love for love repaid.

Heaven with transcendent joys her entrance graced,
next to his throne her Son his Mother placed;
and here below, now she's of heaven possest,
all generations are to call her blest.

The second line of the last verse reads ‘Next to his throne her Son his Mother placed’. This is pretty much exactly as pictured in the window’s sixth panel.

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