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Date made: 1914-1918
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: The calligraphy reads ‘Deer’s Cry’. Page one of bound volume.
Materials: watercolour on paper
Object name: book
Collection: Art Collection
ID number: 1958-0202/01

This is the first page of the Deer’s Cry with illuminated lettering by Archibald Knox.

The verses are also known as ‘St. Patrick’s Hymn” or “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,”

It is believed that St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity.