Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18071882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.
Birds of Passage
Flight the First. Santa Filomena
Published in the first number of the Atlantic Monthly, November, 1857. For the legend, Mr. Longfellow writes to Mr. Sumner, see Mrs. Jamesons Legendary Art. The modern application you will not miss. In Italian, one may say Filomela or Filomena. The reference is to Miss Florence Nightingale, who rendered great service in the hospitals during the Crimean War.