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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
October 18
St. Luke the Painter
By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
St. Luke’s Day, October 18

GIVE honor unto Luke Evangelist;
  For he it was (the aged legends say)
  Who first taught Art to fold her hands and pray.
Scarcely at once she dared to rend the mist
Of devious symbols: but soon having wist        5
  How sky-breadth and field-silence and this day
  Are symbols also in some deeper way,
She looked through these to God and was God’s priest.
And if, past noon, her toil began to irk,
And she sought talismans, and turned in vain        10
  To soulless self-reflections of man’s skill—
  Yet now, in this the twilight, she might still
Kneel in the latter grass to pray again,
Ere the night cometh and she may not work.

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