Multiplication of the Bread

stained glass window (138 × 91 cm) — c. 1600-1625 Museum St. Étienne du Mont, Paris

This work is linked to Luke 9:16

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Part of a window in the church of St. Étienne du Mont, Paris.

Below it is the story of the Road to Emmaus. On the bottom part of the window are texts, rhyming in French. The text that relates to the multiplication of the loaves reads as follows:

Israel fut fort favory
Du Seigneur lors qu'il fut nourri
Au désert en telle abondance
Mais mangeant son corps pieux
Nous sommes nourris beaucoup mieux
Du suc d'une céleste essence.

Which translates to (more or less):

Israel was much loved
By the Lord when it was fed
In the desert in such abundance
But eating his divine body
We are much better fed
By the juice of the celestial essence.

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