Faith's Light of Freedom

The author of this hymn about St Brigid of Kildare is unknown:   it has been published without attribution on the Catholic Ireland website and no other publications have been located.

With meter 11.11.D, tunes it is set to include:
  • SIOBAN (SIOBHAN) NI LAOGHAIRE - described by most users as a traditional Gaelic tune
  • The first four lines of the commonly-used tune for Hail Glorious St Patrick



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The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
When faith’s light of freedom to Ireland first came,
You, Lord, raised up Brigid to make known your name.
Her proud chieftain father’s wild rage she defied,
And followed your way, with the gospel for guide.

In silence of fields, while she tended her fold,
You spoke to her heart words more precious than gold.
White figure of peace, through the country she went,
In your loving service her whole life was spent.

With keen fiery arrow she set hearts aflame;
To live ‘neath her rule many monks and nuns came.
The poor and the hungry were fed from her store,
For open to all were her heart, hand and door.

For Brigid we praise you, our Abba and God,
We praise Christ your Son in whose footsteps she trod,
We praise your kind Spirit who guided her ways,
We praise you, blest Trinity, all of our days.


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When faith’s light of freedom to Ireland first came,
You, Lord, raised up Brigid to make known your name.
Her proud chieftain father’s wild rage she defied,
And followed your way, with the gospel for guide.

In silence of fields, while she tended her fold,
You spoke to her heart words more precious than gold.
White figure of peace, through the country she went,
In your loving service her whole life was spent.

With keen fiery arrow she set hearts aflame;
To live ‘neath her rule many monks and nuns came.
The poor and the hungry were fed from her store,
For open to all were her heart, hand and door.

For Brigid we praise you, our Abba and God,
We praise Christ your Son in whose footsteps she trod,
We praise your kind Spirit who guided her ways,
We praise you, blest Trinity, all of our days.

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