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

Chapter 14


II 14 (12). (1) Afterwards, when Patrick had been buried and the overflow of the inlet had abated, the Airthir and Ui Neill rushed (again) into fight against the Ulaid. Fully prepared and armed for war, they had invaded the resting-place of the blessed body, (2) but they were misled


by a fortunate illusion. They thought they found two oxen and a cart and believed they were taking away the holy body, and with the body and all their fighting equipment they got as far as the river Cabcenne, and then the body disappeared from their sight. (3) For it was impossible that there should be peace about such a renowned and blessed body unless, by the will of God, such a vision was shown them in time, lest what (was) the salvation of innumerable souls be turned to destruction and death; similarly, in ancient times the Syrians were blinded so that they would not kill the prophet Helisaeus, and by divine Providence were led by him as far as Samaria. So also this delusion was arranged to secure concord between the peoples.