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Life of Naile (Author: [unknown])

section 14

And as they were there, arranging their league, and strengthening their good rule, and being roused by his mighty works, they saw a stalwart triumphant band and a young proper shapely youth at the head of the valiant band, and they greeted the clerks firmly with intelligent speech; and were answered by them fluently in melodious words; and the clerks with one accord asked who that unknown handsome young scion might be. And to these questions answer was made by them, and they said it was the son of Irgalach, son of Eignech, son of Fergus, son of Aed, son of Cormac, son of Cairpre Damairgit (Silver Ox), son of Fecc, son of Degad Dorn, son of Rochaid, son of Colla Fochrich, son of Eochaid Doimlen, son of Cairpre Lifechar, who was there.

And the clerks asked with one accord, what was the cause of their coming with such active promptness, and of their eager errand. And the youth answered this converse with sweet words, and this is what he said: ‘I put myself on your protection,’ said he, ‘and to meet you have I come; and I am full sixteen years


old by good reckoning, and from my birth to this steadfast age in which I am, I have never been baptized. And this is my wish, to be baptized (and rescued) from the rough devil, and to be chosen (and brought) to the Trinity.’

And the clerks said that the plan was a fitting one, and that the answer was worthy of a prince. And the clerks asked Sinell the virtuous who without contradiction should perform the baptism, for he was bishop over the noble saints, and was the oldest of the freeborn clerks. And Sinell of the great revenue answered and said that it was most fitting that Naile should do it, because the chief clerk (Naile) had no endowment on the firm land as his revenue, but only the stronghold of his piety protecting him closely. And Naile answered the holy bishop and said that it was himself that the one God had permitted to baptize him firmly.

And envy and strong jealousy possessed the clerks at the baptism being permitted to Naile the modest and melodious. And thereupon there was brought to Naile his fair ever-wonderworking book of baptism, and he recited his effectual lasting lection of baptism over the youth in presence of the high clerks. And he laid hold of his hand-bell and filled it thrice from the fair water of the sunny lake and poured it on the head of the youth, greatly baptizing him; so that this bell of perfect form was the father and ever-illustrious font of baptism to Luan, tending him.

And after this Naile took the youth on his bosom or between his two hands, tending him, and plunged him under the water; and thus did the youth emerge, with a red-spotted salmon in each of his forks, and the saint raised him onto the famous flagstone of Naile. And Flannan, the son of Fiachna, son of Fergus, and the other clerks saw these wonderful works, and Flannan said explicitly: 'Vigorously (luthamail) or worthily has the crimson-cheeked modest-faced blue-eyed offspring emerged from the fair baptism.' And Naile answered these sayings with distinction and said thus: 'Victoriously hast thou named (lit. baptized) the flourishing candle, for Luan shall surely be his name, from the vigour (lúth) which the youth showed at his baptism.'