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Altar tomb

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Altar tomb a tomb resembling an altar in shape, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

The altar-slabs are old, and may once have been taken from altar-tombs.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
She let him lead her into a side aisle where a battered knightly figure lay on an altar-tomb.
"A Vanished Hand" by Sarah Doudney
On eight crouching lions rests a large altar-tomb.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
Just behind the high altar is the chapel of Edward the Confessor, containing the once splendid, mediaeval tomb of that sainted King.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
The altar, and chapel, and tombs (all but John of Gaunt's) were then ruthlessly destroyed.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Not 'mid the gloomy tombs do sages raise The holy altar of their prayer and praise.
"The Birth of the War-God" by Kalidasa
In the Herbert chapel is a fine altar tomb of two brothers of the family.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
The Conqueror's tomb is before the altar, but his bones were scattered by the Huguenots in 1562.
"Zigzag Journeys in Europe" by Hezekiah Butterworth
In the church, on each side of the high altar were remains of once splendid tombs.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
A slab of rock like an altar tomb in the midst touched his perceptions to this issue.
"The Unknown Sea" by Clemence Housman
In the south-west corner of this chapel there is an altar-tomb of blue marble.
"Cathedral Cities of England" by George Gilbert
Some 16th-century brasses, an altar tomb and a piscina were removed hither from the old church.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
His intention was that this group should be placed on an altar over his tomb, but his wish was never fulfilled.
"The Century of Columbus" by James J. Walsh
On the steps of that memorial altar, which was a tomb, and there only in the world, she felt at home.
"The Ravens and the Angels" by Elizabeth Rundle Charles
It was the tomb which became the altar, and retained nearly its form.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker
Then a suit of armor was piled up on the red box, which was by turns altar, table, tomb, and executioner's block.
"Spinning-Wheel Stories" by Louisa May Alcott
A long array of altar-tombs of kings, princes, warriors, and archbishops adds to the historical interest of Canterbury Cathedral.
"The Dover Road" by Charles G. Harper
The high altar stands immediately over the tomb of St. Peter.
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe
He was buried in the Chapel of St. John Baptist, where his much battered free-stone image lies on an altar-tomb.
"William de Colchester" by Ernest Harold Pearce
To two priests for saying Mass daily at the altar of the tomb at the rate of 6d.
"Humphrey Duke of Gloucester" by K.H. Vickers
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In poetry:

Not the altar, nor the tomb,
Nor the Sufferer on the Tree,
Nor the babe within the womb
Shall be sacred unto me.
"The Rhyme Of The Beast" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Blest Becket from thy tomb arise,
And view thy saints with ravish'd eyes:
As crowds did at thy altar bow,
So this is Canterbury now.
"Superstition: A Tale" by Samuel Bowden
Last night our Abbot blessed his saint
As he knelt before his tomb,
And tapers from the altar quaint,
Looked out o'er the cloister's gloom;
"Enter Monks: From The Same" by Sir John Hanmer
For not with altar, tomb, or urn,
Or long-haired Greek with hollow shield,
Or dark-prowed ship with banks of oars,
Or banquet in the tented field;
"Before The Mirror" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Waste altars, tombs, dead cities where men trod,
Shall roll through space upon the darkened globe,
Till I myself be overthrown, and God
Cast off creation like an outworn robe.
"The Burden of Time" by Frederick George Scott
The while round altar, niche, and shrine,
The funeral evergreens entwine,
And a dark brilliance cast,
The brighter for their hues of gloom,
Tokens of Him, who through the tomb
Into high glory passed:
"The Restoration Of The Royal Family" by John Keble