It is set to a traditional Cornish carol.
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Lyrics:In Ireland Christ was shown to all;
By Brigid’s saintly life;
Excelling all who came before, she conquered in the strife.
Like her no other saint was found, but Jesus’ mother blest:
Her virtues and her wonderous fame
Can never be expressed.
With holy fervor girdled round, the victor’s palm she gains;
And like the glorious sun above, in heaven refulgent reigns.
Then listen to this virgin’s praise
To Christ she gave her vow,
Faithful she kept it; her reward
Is reigning with him now.
The original Latin text, sometimes attributed to St. Ultan, Bishop of Ardbreccan, who died in 656/57 AD.
Christus in nostra insula
Que vocatur Hivernia
Ostensus est hominibus
Que perfecit per felicem
Celestis vite virginem
Precellentem pro merito
Magno in numdi circulo.