St Patrick’s Hymn, or the Deer’s Cry (Faed Fiada), is an illuminated version of the prayer traditionally ascribed to St Patrick. Consisting of a series of pages of illuminated lettering bound into a book; the Deer’s Cry was designed and executed by Archibald Knox (1864-1933). This outstanding work illustrates his skilled use of design taken from Norse and Celtic art. Knox is known to have worked on the Deer’s Cry during the First World War, when he was in post as a camp censor at Knockaloe Internment Camp on the Isle of Man. Knox then continued to work intermittently on the Deer’s Cry until his death in February 1933. Click the image below to turn the pages of the book. Click Related Collections to see the prayer transcriptions

 

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