A poem by Beverly Stock.
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We forever consecrate the day consigned,
To nobleman, distinguished and truly blessed,
A canonized Saint and King, Louis the IX,
Esteemed crowned ruler, both kind and chivalrous.
He engendered art in the golden age,
Economic arbiter and vocalist,
Was known and distinguished on history’s page,
For envisioning French royal justice.
Inspired by Christian zeal and devotion,
His rule was hallmarked by reason,
Louis’ vision and inspired creation-
The Morgan Bible, a gothic illumination.
The only French King to be declared a saint,
Our city ‘s named for this noble French monarch,
Who envisioned true justice with restraint,
The Apotheosis of Saint Louis in Forest Park.
Saint Louis is a statue of King Louis IX of France, namesake of St. Louis, Missouri, located in front of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. Part of the iconography of St. Louis, the statue was the principal symbol of the city between its erection in 1906 and the construction of the Gateway Arch in the mid-1960s.