Saint Machar

St Machor was one of the disciples of St Columba, the famous apostle of the Northern Picts and founder of the celebrated monastery of Iona. According to the ‘Aberdeen Breviary,’ “sanctum virum gignit Hibernia, educavit illum Albania, cujus corpus in reverentia Turonensis tenet ecclesia.” He was the son of Syaconus or Fiachna, an Irish kingling, […]

Convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum

Will the baptized of Ireland shut their eyes to the light set ablaze by Saint Patrick? Will the baptized of Ireland stop up their ears to the truth of the Gospel that he preached? Will the baptized of Ireland turn their backs to the burning and pierced Heart that once ruled over every hearth? Is […]

Adze-head

Ticfa táilcend tar muir meircenn: a bratt tollcend, a chrand cromchend: a mías inairthiur a tigi: fris[g]erat a múinter huili, ‘Amen, amen.’ Ticfat tailcind, conutsat ruama, noifit cella, ceoltigi béndacha ben[n]chopuir ili: fla[i]th himbachla. Two years or three years before Patrick’s arrival, this is what they used to prophesy:– Adzehead1 will come over a furious […]

So Fixed a Faith

I added in this second trinity of objections an idle instance taken from those who feel such people as the Irish to be weakened or made stagnant by superstition. I only added it because this is a peculiar case of a statement of fact that turns out to be a statement of falsehood. It is […]

The Old Foundations of Life

Gaelic-speaking Ireland, because its art has been made, not only by the artist choosing his material from wherever he has a mind to, but by adding a little to something which it has taken generations to invent, has always had a popular literature. We cannot say how much that literature has done for the vigour […]

I Take Myself for His Better

CUSSEN GEORGE,—for my retrait from the court, it was uppon good cause to take order for my prize; if in Irlande they thinke yt I am not worth the respectinge, they shall much deceve them sealvs. I am in place to be beleved not inferior to any man to pleasure or displeasure the greatest, and my oppinion is so […]

An Holy Hest

THE VOYAGE OF COLUMBA. I. “Son of Brendan, I have willed it; I will leave this land and go To a land of savage mountains, Where the Borean breezes blow; To a land of rainy torrents, And of barren, treeless isles, Where the winter frowns are lavish, And the summer scantly smiles; I will leave this land of […]

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 […]

Doomed Line, Square, and Column!

SONG FOR THE IRISH BRIGADE. Oh, not now for songs of a nation’s wrongs, not the groans of starving labor; Let the rifle ring and the bullet sing to the clash of the flashing sabre! There are Irish ranks on the tented banks of Columbia’s guarded ocean; And an iron clank from flank to flank tells […]

Red and Strong Is the Blood

THE HARP OF THE GAEL. GAELIC MOD PRIZE POEM. BY REV. DUGALD MACECHERN, B. D. (Translated by Author.) HARP of my own dear country, Trembling against my bosom, Sweeter to me are thy strains Than all of the wide world’s music, Shapely thy curving neck Like the wild swan afloat on the ocean, Gleaming thy sun-bright strings, Like […]

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 […]

Swaddlers

SWADDLERS. The term “Swaddler,” used by the Roman Catholics of Ireland to describe Protestants, had this origin:– “It happened that Cennick, preaching on Christmas-day, took for his text these words from St. Luke’s Gospel– ‘And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.’ […]