The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran eBook

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5.  On a day when Saint Kyaranus was keeping the herds, a cow gave birth to a calf in his presence.  Now in that hour the dutiful boy saw a wretched wasted hungry wolf a-coming towards him, and God’s servant said to him, “Go, poor wretch, and devour that calf.”  Forthwith the famished hound fell upon the calf and devoured it.  But when the holy herd-boy had come home with his herds, the cow, seeking her calf, was making a loud outcry; and when Derercha, mother of Saint Kyaranus, saw it, she said unto him, “Kyaranus, where is the calf of yonder cow?  Restore it, although it be from sea or from land.  For thou has lost it, and its mother’s heart is sore vexed.”  When Saint Kyaranus heard these words, he returned to the place where the calf was devoured, and collected its bones into his breast; then returning, he laid them before the cow as she lamented.  Straightway, by divine mercy, by reason of the holiness of the boy, the calf arose before them all, and stood whole upon its feet, sporting with its mother.  Then those who stood by lifted up their voices in praise to God, blessing the boy.


6.  As the dutiful boy Kyaranus was going out to a homestead hard by, certain worldly men, cruel and malignant, let loose a most savage hound at him, so that it should devour him.  When Saint Kyaranus saw the fierce hound coming towards him, he appropriated a verse of the Psalmist, saying, “Lord, deliver not the soul that trusteth in Thee unto beasts.”  Now as the hound was rushing vehemently, by divine favour it thrust its head into the ring-fastening of a calf; and tied by the ring-fastening, it struck its head against the timber to which the fastening was hanging, and thus it broke its head.  Its head being broken and the brains scattered, the dog expired.  When they saw this they feared greatly.


7.  On another day certain robbers, coming from a foreign region, found Saint Kiaranus alone, reading beside his herds; and they thought to slay him and to reave his herds.  But as they came toward him with that intent, they were smitten with blindness, and could move neither hand nor foot till they had wrought repentance, praying him for their sight.  Then the dutiful shepherd, seeing them turned from their wickedness, prayed for them, and forthwith they were loosed and their sight restored (soluti sunt in lumine suo).  And they returned and offered thanks, and told this to many.


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