(St.) Patron saint of hermits and beggars. The story
goes that he lived on his father's estate as a hermit till death, but
was never recognised.
He is represented, in Christian art, with a pilgrim's habit and
staff. Sometimes he is drawn as if extended on a mat, with a letter in
his hand, dying.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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