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CHRIST IN BRITAIN: 12. SAINT BRIDE'S EVE, by            
First Line: At twilight on a lonely cattle trail
Last Line: Her shadow falls, and wild hearts know its peace.
Subject(s): Brigid Of Ireland, Saint (453-523); Great Britain - History; Bridget, Saint; Brigit Of Kildare, Saint; English History


At twilight on a lonely cattle trail,
Led by the star that was the shepherds' guide,
With sunset in her brown-gold hair moves Bride,
Snowy her kirtle, crocus-white her veil;
Far down the windy pastures of the Gael
A herald-cry drifts from the mountain side --
The salmon leap within the ice-blue tide,
The flowers of Mary quicken in the dale.

Then while the forest harps ring with her name,
Fairer than Brighid crowned with earth's old fire
She walks among the lambs of dewy fleece;
And with a lovelier light than Spring's green flame
Across dim ferny thatch and wattled byre
Her shadow falls, and wild hearts know its peace.





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