I am of Ireland (14th century)

Is D’Eirinn Mé
“Icham of Irlaunde

Ant of the holy londe
Of Irlaunde.
Gode sire, pray ich the,
For of saynte charite,
Come ant daunce wyt me
In Irlaunde.”
(Anonymous in honour of St. Patrick’s Day)

(translated from Old English to Modern English):
“I am of Ireland

And of the holy land
Of Ireland.
Good sir, I pray thee,
for the sake of charity,
Come and dance with me
In Ireland.”

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2 Comments

  1. This quote is really beautiful. It reveals that the country of Ireland was beautiful at past as same as at present. The scene of the sunset at the Burren, also expresses the theme of the quote about the beauty of Ireland at the past.

    • Billie says:

      Thank you for commenting on this, I really appreciate it!

      Absolutely agree with you. Ireland has been the love of my life since my teenage years and I’m living in Dublin now for a bit over 10 years. I still find it magical, mythical, mysterious and so beautiful. I’ve been to the Poulnabrone dolmen 3 or 4 times and still wonder how, why, when and who built this. I find the Burren stunning, been there so many times and I always want to return. Maybe I’ll go back there soon :D

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