Lot 183: ***PLEASE NOTE THE DESCRIPTION SHOULD READ 'CUALA PRESS, ST PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE. OBLONG OCTAVO CARD PRINTED ON ONE SIDE ONLY'***CUALA PRESS St. Patrick's Breastplate. Oblong octavo card printed on one side only. Text with illuminated initials, Du

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April 24, 2018
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Description: ***PLEASE NOTE THE DESCRIPTION SHOULD READ 'CUALA PRESS, ST PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE. OBLONG OCTAVO CARD PRINTED ON ONE SIDE ONLY'***CUALA PRESS St. Patrick's Breastplate. Oblong octavo card printed on one side only. Text with illuminated initials, Dundrum: Cuala Press, Dundrum. Very goodSaint Patrick's Breastplate is a Christian hymn whose original Old Irish lyrics were traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick during his Irish ministry in the fifth century; it was probably actually written later, in the 8th century. It is written in the style of a druidic incantation for protection on a journey. It is part of the Liber Hymnorum, a collection of hymns found in two manuscripts kept in Dublin. The language of the poem, Dr. Hyde says, is very old; it is known to have been current in the seventh century and it was then ascribed to Saint Patrick. It is called the Lorica and also The Deer's Cry. According to tradition, St. Patrick uttered it while on his way to Tara, where he was for the first time to confront the power of Laoghaire, Pagan High-King of Ireland. Assassins were in wait for him and his companions, but as he chanted the hymn it seemed to the hidden band that a herd of deer went by.
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