The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran eBook

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  A wondrous youth from us departs,
      Ciaran, craftsman’s son;
  Of greed, of pride, reviling, lust,
      satire, he hath none.

XXXII.  CIARAN IN ARAN

24.  Thereafter Ciaran went to Aran to hold converse with Enda, and Enda and Ciaran saw one and the same vision—­a great fruitful tree beside a river in the middle of Ireland, a-sheltering the island of Ireland, and its fruit was going over the sea that was around the island outside, and the birds of the air were coming and taking of the fruit.  Ciaran went and told the vision to Enda.  Said Enda, “That great tree which thou hast seen is thyself; for thou art great before God and man, and Ireland shall be full of thine honour.  This island shall be protected under the shadow of thy grace, and many shall be satisfied by the grace of thy fasting and of thy prayer.  Rise therefore at the word of God, and go to the shore of the stream, and found a church there."[30]

XXXIII.  HOW A PROPHECY WAS FULFILLED

25.  Once when he was in Aran a-drying corn in the kiln, and Lonan the Left-handed with him (one who ever was contradictious of Ciaran) they saw a ship foundering in their sight.  “Methinks,” said Lonan, “yonder ship shall be drowned to-day and this kiln shall be burned with the greatness of the draught.”  “Nay,” said Ciaran, “yonder ship shall be burned, and this kiln with its corn shall be drowned."[31] And this was fulfilled; for the crew of the ship escaped, and the ship was cast on shore close to the kiln.  The fire seized the kiln, and the ship is burned.  A blast of wind struck the kiln and its corn into the sea, so that it was drowned, according to the word of Ciaran.

XXXIV.  HOW CIARAN VISITED SENAN

26.  When Ciaran left Aran a poor man met him on the way.  Ciaran gives him his linen cloak, and goes to Inis Cathaig to salute Senan.  That he was in one mantle only was revealed to Senan, and he went to meet him, with a linen cloak under his armpit.  And he said to Ciaran, “Is it not shame,” said he, “for a priest to travel without a cowl?” “Mercy on us,” said Ciaran, “God will have pity [on my nakedness];[32] there is a cloak for me under the covering of mine elder.”

XLIII.  HOW CIARAN SENT A CLOAK TO SENAN

27.  When Ciaran arrived at Cluain maccu Nois he wished to send another cloak to Senan.  The cloak was laid upon the stream of the Shannon, and it travelled without being wetted to the harbour of Inis Cathaig.  Said Senan to his monks, “Rise and go to the sea, and ye shall find there a guest, which bring with you, with honour and dignity.”  When the monks went out they found the cloak on the sea, dry, and they brought it with them to Senan, and offered an offering of thanks to the Lord.  That is now called “Senan’s cloak.”

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