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Pringle Memorial Window

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Left Panel
The left panel contains scenes depicting lines in “The Cotter’sSaturday Night” by Robert Burns. (A cotter was a peasant who lived in a humble cot, or cottage, for which he gavelabor instead of rent.) The central scene of the panel shows the “toil-worn” cotter reading the Bible to his family onthe “night his weekly toll is at an end,” illustrating Burns’ lines, “The priest-like father reads the sacred page/HowAbram was the friend of God on high.”

Central Panel
The central panel depicts John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem, “My Trust,”which opens with the lines, “A picture memory brings to me/I look across the years and see/Myself beside mymother’s knee.” The central scene of this panel shows a child kneeling before his mother, whose “gentle hand” and”chastening love” guides him in knowing right from wrong.

Right Panel
The panel at the right illustrates scenes from “TheVillage Blacksmith” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. At the bottom of the panel we see the mighty smithy hard atwork “under a spreading chestnut tree.” In the center of the panel, “He goes on Sunday to the church/And sits amonghis boys.” The scene above represents the lines, “He hears his daughter’s voice/Singing in the village choir . . . “Itsounds to him like her mother’s voice/Singing in Paradise.”

Further Description
This three-panel Pringle Memorial Window at Metropolitan United Methodist Church illustrates three well-knownpoems that include references to religious faith.

Designed by architect William E. N. Hunter in the English Gothic style, Metropolitan United Methodist Church wascompleted in 1926.

Its windows were created by the Willet Stained Glass Studios, which designed this window in 1938. Other Detroit windows done by the studio include Christ Church in 1970?, and the First Unitarian Universalist Church in 1916. The Willett Studio was established by William and Annie Lee Willett of Philadelphia in 1898 and created other widows for churches and public buildings in Michigan and throughout the United States.

Metropolitan United Methodist Church of Detroit was registered in the Michigan Stained Glass Census by Ernest G.Aruffo, Jr. of Northville (MSGC 93.0034).

Source: Michigan Stained Glass Census Featured Window of the Month, for August 2001.