Longfellow calls Florence Nightingale St. Filomena, not
only because Filomena resembles the Latin word for a nightingale, but
also because this saint, in Sabatelli's picture, is represented as
hovering over a group of sick and maimed, healed by her intercession. (See Thaumaturgus.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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