from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In church arch., a permanent and often decorative protection for the open top of a baptismal font.
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I was only yesterday in an old church, where I saw an ancient font-cover -- a sort of carved extinguisher -- and some dark panels of a rood-screen.
I thought thus, my eye was caught first by a yellow light that gilded the apex of the font-cover, which had been wrought like a flame or a bursting blossom: it was so old and worn, I never could tell which; and then by a red light all over a white marble tablet in the wall -- the red of life on the cold hue of the grave.