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Alone with none but Thee, my God, 
I journey on my way; 
What need I fear when Thou art near, 
Oh King of night and day? 
More safe am I within Thy hand
Than if a host did round me stand. 

ST COLUMBA
SIXTH CENTURY

 


 The eye of the great God, 
 the eye of the God of Glory
 the eye of the King of hosts, 
 the eye of the King of the living, 

 Pouring upon us
 at each time and season. 
 Pouring upon us 
 gently
 and 
 generously

FRAGMENTS FROM SOUTH UIST AND THE OUTER ISLES OF BARRA
 

Glory to thee, 
thou glorious sun

Glory to thee, 
thou sun, 
face of the God of life

 


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It is Thou
who givest the bright sun,
together with the ice;
It is Thou
who createdst the rivers
and the salmon in the river. 
That the nut-tree should be flowering, 
O Christ, 
it is a rare craft; 
through Thy skill too
comes the kernel, 
Thou fair ear of our wheat. 
Though the children of Eve
ill deserve 
the bird-flocks and the salmon, 
it was 
the Immortal One on the cross
who made 
both the salmon and the birds.

It is He 
who makes
the flower of the sloe grow through the bark of the blackthorm, 
and the nut-flower on the trees;
beside this, 
what miracle is greater?


TADHG G HUIGINN 
SIXTEENTH CENTURY 


 

 

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