The Eloquence of Columba in My Speech

Ora Buaidh
(A Prayer for Victory)

Ionnlaidh mi m’ aodann
‘S na naoi gatha greine,
Mar a dh’ ionnlaid Moir a Mac,
Am bainne bragh na breine.

Mil a bhi ‘na m’bheul,
Seirc a bhi ‘na m’aodann;
An gaol thug Moire dha Mac
Bhi an cridhe gach cairc domhsa.

Gum bu suileach, cluasach, briathrach Dia,
Da m’riarachadh, is da m’neartachadh;
Gum bu dall, bodhar, balbh, sion sior,
Mo luchd tair is mo luchd taimhlis.

Teanga Chalum-chille ‘na mo cheann,
Agall Chalum-chille ‘na mo chainn;
Foisneachd Mhic bhuadhaich nan gras
Dhol thugam-sa an lathair sluaigh.

Carmina Gadelica, ed. Alexander Carmichael.

I bathe my face
In the nine rays of the sun,
As Mary bathed her Son
In the rich fermented milk.

Honey be in my mouth,
Affection be in my face;
The love that Mary gave her Son
Be in the heart of all flesh for me.

All-seeing, all-hearing, all-inspiring may God be,
To satisfy and to strengthen me;
Blind, deaf, and dumb, ever, ever be
My contemners and my mockers,

The tongue of Columba in my head,
The eloquence of Columba in my speech;
The composure of the Victorious Son of grace
Be mine in presence of the multitude.

Published by Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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