Thursday, October 2, 2008

Vintage Library Blessing

Being the book hound I am, I couldn't resist this quaint framed blessing when I came across it at a garage sale this summer:
I just love the verbose pompous wording! "O God, the Lord of all knowledge, mercifully bestow thy blessing upon this library that it may be protected from fire and all other evils; grant that at times it may congruously be enlarged and that all those who resort hither officially or for the sake of study, may advance in divine and human knowledge, and in love of Thee through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen."

I especially like the part about, "...grant that at times it may congruously be enlarged..." And anytime you would like to "resort hither officially or for the sake of study" just let me know!

The interesting thing about this piece of art-work is that the wording was printed (on a printing press) but the "O", the scroll, book, flowers, border, and "Amen" were painted by hand. I wonder how old it is? And I wonder where it originally hung?

It's hanging in my office/library now.

12 comments:

Jeni said...

That's really nice! I wouldn't have been able to resist it, either.

Coloradolady said...

This is so cute. I have never seen anything like that before. What a great find. I can not believe someone was getting rid of that piece.

Dori said...

I'm thinking that it hung in an old Methodist church library for generations! How quaint! Can't you just imagine the old church lady that runs the library?

MuseSwings said...

It's very nice! By all other evils, the library probably means children with sticky fingers and a crowd of noisy teenagers. Great post!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

That is really cool!

M ^..^

skoots1mom said...

oh, i'd love to have that, too!
guess you'd have to start researching google to try and find its origination...does it have a name of any kind on it?

Jennifer said...

I love that!

Carrie said...

What an unusual and charming find!

Mary said...

That is great! I might have to copy it to make book plates.

Lavinia said...

This is the sweetest thing. Who knew that a library needed a blessing. But when you think about it, don't we all? Very nice....a good find!

Kelli said...

I would have brought it home too...such beautiful words!
~Kelli

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Thank you for your nice comment:)

Looks like a beautiful frame! You must be happy for that! I'd would love to have it too:)

Have a very nice week:)