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Christ in Glory 1873
The Vesiga by Burne-Jones

"The glory of Speldhurst is the stained glass windows by Morris & Co.", said Nicklaus Pevsner in his guide,"The Buildings of England". When St. Mary's Church, Speldhurst was rebuilt late in the last century Canon Hichens and others had the wisdom to engage Morris and Co. to provide stained glass windows designed by Burne-Jones. This little parish church is now blessed with fine examples of Pre-Raphaelite craftsmanship. Visitors are welcomed from far and wide to enjoy their splendour and colour. Sir Edward Burne-Jones was born in Birmingham and attended Exeter College, Oxford where he met William Morris who was the eldest son of a successful London stockbroker. Morris was brought up in prosperity and provided with an expensive education. When he came of age he inherited a sizeable income. At university the two quickly became friends and agreed to devote themselves to art and politics. They were influenced by Rosetti and worked with him on frescoes for the Oxford Union Debating Hall. They collaborated in an effort to revive and improve craftsmanship and other lost skills. They provided designs for tapestry, book illustrations and paintings for Morris and Co. Burne-Jones' influence was most marked in the decorative arts and he was noted particularly for his designs of stained glass windows.    

Praise the Lord Praise him in the sound of the trumpet: praise him upon the lute and harp. Praise him in the cymbals and dances: praise him upon the strings and pipe. Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals: praise him upon the loud cymbals. Let everything that hath breath: praise the lord.

Psalm 150 

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