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Date made: 1914-1918
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: The calligraphy reads ‘God’s host to secure me’. Page thirty-eight of bound volume.
Materials: watercolour on paper
Object name: book
Collection: Art Collection
ID number: 1958-0202/38

This is Page 38 of the bound volume of The Deer’s Cry at the Manx Museum.

“God’s host to secure me.” At first glance – did Knox get the verses wrong as this looks like a shield? Obviously not, and the Heavenly Host are an army of angels fighting a heavenly war. The shield shape is significant as it is part of the equipment of an army but could the shape also be a pair of angel’s wings? God is at the top again (page 37 had Him in the centre of the shield) with the hierarchy of the Heavenly Host being commanded by Him,.

The words in the above paragraph are just my personal and subjective thoughts. Knox must have had so many ideas and thoughts behind this page and the other pages which, perhaps, we will never know.

The Archibald Knox Forum would like to hear your thoughts, ideas and comments on any of the pages from The Deer’s Cry.