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ST. MATTHEW.

This portrayal of the saint is from a Latin copy of the Gospels, now in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin. It is sometimes cailed the "Great Gospel of Columba," but is better known as the "Book of Kells," of which St. Columba was patron. The book was written about 660 A. D. and was a treasured possession of the monastery, except for a short time in 1006 A. D. when it was stolen, until it came into the possession of the Bishop Usher. During the wars of Cromwell, the book was confiscated and carried to

England, coming later into the hands of Charles II.,

by whom it was given to its present custodian.

The manuscript is a fine example of the
Irish school of illuminating, showing the
characteristic style of treating the

human and animal forms.

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