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La Fheile Padraig Sona Daoibh - A Happy Saint Patrick's Day to You
For Saint Patrick's day, 2017, an Englishing of a poem attributed to Saint Manchan of Offaly, one of those converted to Christianity by Saint Patrick.
"Grant me, sweet Christ the grace to find –
Son of the Living God –
A small hut in a lonesome spot
To make it my abode.
"A little pool, but very clear
To stand beside the place
Where all men’s sins are washed away
By sanctifying grace.
"A pleasant woodland all about
To shield it from the wind
And make a home for singing birds
Before it and behind.
"A southern aspect for the heat,
A stream along its foot
A smooth green lawn with rich top soil
Propitious to all fruit.
"My choice of men to live with me
And pray to God as well.
Quiet men of humble mind
Their number I shall tell.
"Four files of three or three of four
To give the psalter forth
Six to pray by the south church wall
And six along the north.
"Two by two my dozen friends –
To tell the number right –
Praying with me to move the King
Who gives the sun its light.
"A lovely church, a home for God
Bedecked with linen fine
Where over the white Gospel page
The Gospel candles shine.
"A little house where all may dwell
And body’s care be sought
Where none shows lust or arrogance
None thinks an evil thought.
"And all I ask for housekeeping
I get and pay no fees ,
Leeks from the garden, poultry, game
Salmon and trout and bees.
"My share of clothing and of food
From the King of fairest face,
And I to sit at times alone
And pray in every place."