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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 167 pages of information about The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran.

IV.  HOW CIARAN TURNED WATER INTO HONEY

3.  At another time his mother upbraided him because, though the other boys collected honey for their mothers, he used to bring her no honey.  But hearkening humbly to his mother, he went to a neighbouring spring, and carrying thence a vessel full of water, he blessed it, and it was changed into excellent honey.

V. HOW CIARAN WAS DELIVERED FROM A HOUND

4.  On a certain other day some men, spurred by a malignant spirit, incited a most savage dog to devour the holy man.  But Keranus trusting in the Lord, and fortifying himself with the buckler of prayer, said, “Deliver not the soul that trusteth in Thee unto beasts”; and soon the dog died.

IX.  HOW CIARAN RESTORED A CALF WHICH A WOLF HAD DEVOURED

5.  When at another time he was feeding the herds of his parents, as men are wont to do,[1] a cow brought forth a calf in his presence.  But there came a hound consumed with leanness, seeking to fill his belly with what fell from the body of the mother along with the calf; and moved with compassion he said unto him, “Eat, poor wretch, yonder calf, for great is thy need of it.”  The hound fulfilled the commands of Keranus, and ate the calf to the bones.  As Keranus returned home to the house of his parents with the herds, the cow, recalling the calf to memory, went running about lowing.  The mother of Keranus, recognising the cause of its lowing, said with indignation to the boy, “Restore the calf, Keranus, even though it be burnt with fire or drowned in the sea.”  But he, obeying his mother, returned to the place where the calf had been devoured, collected the bones, and carried them with him and placed them before the mother [father, MS.], asking his God with diligence to hear his prayers for the resuscitation of the calf.  And God hearkened to the holy one, and resuscitated the calf in the presence of his parents.

X. HOW CIARAN WAS DELIVERED FROM ROBBERS

6.  At another time there came robbers to him when he was feeding the herds of his parents, wishing to slay him, so that they might the more easily reave what they would.  But God had regard to their attempt from on high, and so multiplied infirmities upon them that they turned in haste to God.  For they were smitten with blindness, nor could they move hand or foot, till they wrought repentance, and were loosed by the merit of Saint Keranus:  recovering the light of their eyes and the vigour of their other members.

XIV.  HOW CIARAN GAVE THE KING’S CAULDRON TO BEGGARS AND WAS ENSLAVED

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