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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
April 15
Father Damien
By Father John Banister Tabb (1845–1909)
          Father Damien was a Roman Catholic missionary who devoted his life to the lepers in the government hospital on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. He fell a victim to the disease as he anticipated on April 15, 1889.

O GOD, the cleanest offering
  Of tainted earth below,
Unblushing to thy feet we bring—
  “A leper white as snow!”

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