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CHRIST IN BRITAIN: 17. SAINT BRENDAN, by            
First Line: In simple days before the gods were old
Last Line: Upon the burnished edges of the air.
Subject(s): Brendan, Saint (484-578); Great Britain - History; Brendan Of Clonfert; Brandan, Saint; Brandon, Saint; Brennainn, Saint; Brendan The Voyager; English History


In simple days before the gods were old
A bishop left the warring forest bands,
And on the beach there grew beneath his hands
A silver coracle with oars of gold;
It bore him where the sea and sky enfold
Long dewy marges of the moon-white lands,
A mist of stars around those dreaming strands
Lifted a moment that he might behold.

Then swifter than the wind a shaft of fire
Fled from the quivering bow-strings of his heart,
To find the ever-hidden entrance there;
And now in answer to a saint's desire
The island waits, held by that flaming dart,
Upon the burnished edges of the air.





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