St. Columba, 597

 

Columba’s Affirmation

Alone with none but Thee, my God,

I journey on my way;

What need I fear, when Thou art near,

O king of night and day?

More safe I am within Thy hand,

than if a host did round me stand.

My destined time is fixed by Thee,

and death doth know his hour.

Did warriors strong around me throng,

they could not stay his power;

no walls of stone can man defend

when Thou Thy messenger dost send

My life I yield to Thy decree,

and bow to Thy control

in peaceful calm, for from Thine arm

no power can wrest my soul.

Could earthly omens e’er appal

A man that heeds the heavenly call!

The child of God can fear no ill,

His chosen dread no foe;

we leave our fate with Thee and wait

Thy bidding when we go.

Tis not from chance our comfort springs,

Thou art our trust, O king of kings.

                  St Columba

                  (trans. unknown)

 A Celtic Primer, by Brendan O’Malley

Here’s the commemoration in Holy Women, Holy Men.