A hymn to Hibernia

The fumigation from turf.

Dea Hibernia

A 19th-century personification of Ireland, to which I have made some modifications of presentation.

I speak to thee, Hibernia,
irrepressible and unbowed,
goddess eternal,
invincible guardian:
nought but thy sacred vigil
could preserve thy people
through centuries of turmoil,
hunger, and loss.
Thy fingers pluck the strings
of thy sacred harp, moving thy listeners
to tears or to joy,
haply to rise up
and march ’gainst the foe.
Deep the tones of thy hound
echo through the vales,
a warning to the enemy,
a cry of defiance for those
who would heed the call.
A call on the wind,
wind at the sunrise,
rising of salmon,
a salmon in the stream,
streams swift from the hillside,
hills topped by cairns.
Hibernia, be happy, I pray you;
keep watch over your island’s children,
be they Gaels or newcomers,
denizens of the old land
or their descendants abroad.
For all may you remain
a bulwark against injustice
and to all may you yet
against any oppressor
bid resistance, joyful and true.

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About DeoMercurio

I’m a Gaulish polytheist, now back living in lands ceded by the Council of Three Fires after several years’ sojourn in Anatolia and in the land of the Senecas, with frequent travels to Gaul along the way. My grandfather’s family came from the area around Trier, and I identify closely with the Treveri in my religious practice.
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One Response to A hymn to Hibernia

  1. Good to see not only someone else honoring Hibernia in a Hiberno-Roman syncretic fashion, but also incorporating various Irish poetic techniques into their works for Her! Well done! 🙂

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