A VISION OF PARADISE: ‘The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary’ by Botticini (1475 – 1476)
The Son, adored and nursed by the sweet Maid,
A thousand fold 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 possessed,
All generations are to call her blessed.
Thomas Ken (1637 – 1711)