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Muirchú's Life of Patrick (Author: Muirchú maccu Machtheni)

Chapter 10


II 10 (8). (1) During the first night of his exequies angels kept the vigil of his blessed body with prayers and the singing of psalms, and all those who had come for the vigil slept on that night. During the other nights, however, men watched by the body, saying prayers and singing psalms. (2) After the angels had returned to heaven they left behind them a sweet scent as of honey and a fragrance of sweetness as of wine, so as to fulfil what has been said in the benedictions of the patriarch Jacob: ‘Behold, the scent of my son is like the scent of a fruitful field which the Lord has blessed.’