St Brigid’s Day March 1


Saint Brigid was
A problem child.
Although a lass
demure and mild,
and one who strove
to please her dad,
St Brigid drove
the family mad.
for here’s the fault in Brigid lay:
she WOULD give everything away.

To any soul
whose luck was out
she’d give her bowl
of stirabout;
she’d give her shawl,
divide her purse,
with one and all.
And what was worse,
when she ran out of things to give
she’d borrow from a relative.

Her father’s gold,
her grandsire’s dinner,
she’d hand to cold
and hungry sinner;
give wine, give meat,
no matter whose;
take from her feet
the very shoes,
and when her shoes had gone to others,
fetch forth her sister’s and her mother’s.

She could not quit.
She had to share;
gave bit by bit
the silverware,
the barnyard geese,
the parlour rug,
her little niece’s
christening mug,
even her bed
to those in want,
and then the mattress of her aunt.

An easy touch
for poor and lowly,
she gave so much
and grew so holy
that when she died
of years and fame,
the countryside
put on her name,
and still the Isles of Erin fidget
with generous girls named Bride or Brigid.


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