Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Shepherd of the Flock was Born from the Carmina Gadelica

Fr. guyradcliff.com
In the mid-nineteenth century, Alexander Carmichael went about the far regions of Scotland collecting ancient blessings, prayers, and poems of some of the last Celtic speakers in the area.  He published Carmina Gadelica in 1900.  Some are so old their source  is unknown and may go back to pagan times.  To read more from the collection visit: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/cg1/


RUGADH BUACHAILLE NAN TREUD 

THE SHEPHERD OF THE FLOCK WAS BORN

That night the star shone
Was born the Shepherd of the Flock,
Of the Virgin of the hundred charms;
     The Mary Mother.

The Trinity eternal by her side,
In the manger cold and lowly.
Come and give tithes of thy means
     To the Healing Man.

The foam-white breastling beloved,
Without one home in the world,
The tender holy Babe forth driven,
     Immanuel!

Ye three angels of power,
Come ye, come ye down;
To the Christ of the people
     Give ye salutation.

Kiss ye His hands,
Dry ye His feet
With the hair of your heads;
And O! Thou world-pervading God,
And Ye, Jesu, Michael, Mary,
     Do not Ye forsake us.



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