Cityscape with fungal decay

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Sources: George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ggb2005022955/, photoshopped; and Henry Vaughan, “They are all gone into the world of light!”

A seventeenth-century sense of “glory,” new in Vaughan’s time, is “nimbus” or “aureole”: a surrounding circle of light.