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The Confession Of St Patrick - St. Patrick.

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Section 1. I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countrymanà

Section 2. And there the Lord opened my mind to an awareness of my unbeliefà

Section 3. Therefore, indeed, I cannot keep silent, nor would it be properà

Section 4. For there is no other God, nor ever was beforeà

Section 5. He himself said through the prophet: Call upon me in the day of' troubleà

Section 6. I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk toà

Section 7. I am not ignorant of what is said of my Lord in the Psalmà

Section 8. So it is that I should mightily fearà

Section 9. And therefore for some time I have thought of writingà

Section 10. But why make excuses close to the truthà

Section 11. But had it been given to me as to othersà

Section 12. I am, then, first of all, countryfied, an exileà

Section 13. Therefore be amazed, you great and small who fear Godà

Section 14. According, therefore, to the measure of one's faith in the Trinityà

Section 15. And I was not worthy, nor was I such that the Lord should grantà

Section 16. But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day andà

Section 17. And it was there of course that one night in my sleep I heardà

Section 18. And on the same day that I arrivedà

Section 19. And after three days we reached land, and for twenty-eight days journeyed through uninhabitedà

Section 20. The very same night while I was sleeping Satan attacked me violentlyà

Section 21. And a second time, after many years, I was taken captive.à

Section 22. On the journey he provided us with food and fire and dry weather everyà

Section 23. And after a few years I was again in Britain with my parents kinsfolk.à

Section 24. And another night -- God knows, I do notà

Section 25. And on a second occasion I saw Him praying within meà

Section 26. And then I was attacked by a goodly number of my eldersà

Section 27. They brought up against me after thirty years an occurrence I had confessed beforeà

Section 28. On the other hand, I did not proceed to Ireland of my own accordà

Section 29. Therefore, on that day when I was rebukedà

Section 30. For that reason, I give thanks to him who strengthened me in all thingsà

Section 31. Hence, therefore, I say boldly that my conscience is clear now and hereafter.à

Section 32. But rather, I am grieved for my very close friendà

Section 33. I have said enough. But all the sameà

Section 34. Thus I give untiring thanks to God who kept me faithful in the dayà

Section 35. But it is tedious to describe in detail all my labours one by one.à

Section 36. Whence came to me this wisdom which was not my ownà

Section 37. And many gifts were offered to me with weeping and tearsà

Section 38. I am greatly God's debtor, because he granted me so much graceà

Section 39. And I wish to wait then for his promise which is never unfulfilledà

Section 40. So for that reason one should, in factà

Section 41. So, how is it that in Ireland, where they never had any knowledge ofà

Section 42. And there was, besides, a most beautiful, blessedà

Section 43. So it is that even if I should wish to separate from them inà

Section 44. So I hope that I did as I oughtà

Section 45. What is more, let anyone laugh and taunt if he so wishes.à

Section 46. Thus, I should give thanks unceasingly to Godà

Section 47. Now I have put it frankly to my brethren and co-workersà

Section 48. You know, as God does, how I went about among you from my youthà

Section 49. For even though I am ignorant in all thingsà

Section 50. What is more, when I baptized so many thousands of peopleà

Section 51. More, I spent for you so that they would receive me.à

Section 52. From time to time I gave rewards to the kingsà

Section 53. Also you know from experience how much I was paying to those who wereà

Section 54. Behold, I call on God as my witness upon my soul that I amà

Section 55. But I see that even here and nowà

Section 56. Behold now I commend my soul to God who is most faithful and forà

Section 57. For which reason I should make return for all that he returns me.à

Section 58. Therefore may it never befall me to be separated by my God from hisà

Section 59. And if at any time I managed anything of good for the sake ofà

Section 60. For the sun we see rises each day for us at commandà

Section 61. Behold over and over again I would briefly set out the words of myà

Section 62. But I entreat those who believe in and fear Godà

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