Phillip Medhurst

Wisdom from a Gnostic Sage

Tag: cave

By a follower of (James) Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836-1902. Gouache on board.

The paintings were reproduced in “La Sainte Bible : Ancien Testament . . . / Compositions par J.-James Tissot”; with preface by A. D. Sertillanges. 2 vols. 40 plates; 360 illustrations to text. Paris: M. de Brunoff & Cie, 1904. Based on his surviving pen and ink sketches, Illustration was completed after Tissot’s death in 1902 by Henri Bellery-Desfontaines, Auguste François Gorguet, Charles Hoffbauer, Louis van Parys, Michel Simonidy and British artist G. Scott.

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Aquero (Lourdes)

 

Within this cave I heard “That Thing”

Disclosing how our prayers

Could kindle light, transfiguring

Those crippled by their cares.

 

And thus re-made, a sluggish flow

Could spring to healing spate.

Old bones could pave the way to show

Changed flesh, immaculate.

 

Illumined by the moon, the night

Revealed to preternatural sight

An azure cincture round the earth

As clay, by grace, brought Hope to birth.