You sent young Luigne to entice the beast,
And he went without a moment’s hesitation.
He swam into the river’s fluctuation.
All who watched thought you sent him to be a feast.
The hungry serpent swam and roared and reached
The swimming boy with hungry salutation.
All those who looked on watched in fear and frustration,
As you, Columba, looked on in holy peace.
For you knew how to read the book of creation,
What songs or signs would send the creature running.
By the grace of God and by the Holy Rood,
You sent the creature to its new habitation.
Pictish heathens stood, their minds all wondering,
“Who is this Christ we may have misunderstood?”

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The featured image is “Saint Columba Converting King Brude of the Picts to Christianity” (c. 1899) by William Hole (1846–1917) and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. It has been brightened for clarity and appears here courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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