Friday, 25 December 2015

'The High-King of Heaven was born in kindly Bethlehem at Christmas' - a 15th-century Irish Poem


Mary, the smooth white ewe, bore an illustrious Lamb in the stall of an ass; she merited not a mean cold lodging when the illustrious Lamb was with His mother.

The High-King of Heaven was born in kindly Bethlehem at Christmas; when He was born He took a course from the sun so that He warmed the world with His glowing heat.

The windows of the moon and ether opened at the tidings, so that the sun flung wide his doors, heretofore there had been a veil over his light.

The air was full of his radiance, 'twas easy to notice it, it was one bright grove of angels reaching to heaven over Holy Mary.


Quiggin, Edmund Crosby 'Prolegomena to the study of the later Irish bards 1200-1500'(Oxford,1911), 39.

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