MOTTO & INVOCATION
OMNIA PER IPSUM, ET SINE IPSO NIHIL
St. John’s Gospel, chap. I, v. 3, abbreviated
Pardon, O Saint John Divine,
That I change a word of thee—
None the less, aid thou me!
And Siena’s Catharine !
Lofty Doctor, Augustine,
Glorious penitent ! And be
Assisi’s Francis also mine !
Mine be Padua’s Anthony ;
And that other Francis, he
Called of Sales ! Let all combine
To counsel (of great charity)
What I write ! Thy wings incline,
Ah my Angel, o’er the line !
Last and first, O Queen Mary,
Of thy white Immaculacy,
If my work may profit aught,
Fill with lilies every thought !
What is white will then be wise.
To which I add : Thomas More,
Teach (thereof my need is sore)
What thou showed well on earth—
Good writ, good wit, make goodly mirth !
|Holbein: Thomas More|