Seven Years Before the Day of Doom

Seachd bliadhna roimh ’n bhràth, Thig muir air Eirinn ré aon tràth, ’S thar Ile ghuirm ghlais, Ach snàmhaidh I Choluim Chléirich! Seven years before that awful day, When time shall be no more, A dreadful deluge shall o’ersweep Hibernia’s mossy shore. The green-clad Isla, too, shall sink; While, with the great and good, Columba’s happier isle […]

In Four Things Like Unto Moses

In quatuor rebus similis fuit Moysi Patricius: I. Primo, anguelum de rubo audivit: II. quadraginta diebus et quadraginta noctibus ieiunavit: III. quia annos centum viginti peregit in vita praesenti: IIII. ubi sunt ossa eius nemo novit. Duo hostes duodecim diebus corpus Sancti Patricii contenderunt et noctem inter se duodecim diebus non viderunt, sed diem semper et in […]

Except Ye Taste of Death

It appears that King Laoghaire had two daughters, named Ethne the fair, and Fedelm the ruddy. He had sent them, for what reason is not explained, to his relatives in Connaught, and placed them under the care of two Druids or magi, named Mael and Caplit. Patrick was at Crochan, or Cruachan, the royal cemetery […]