dictum puellae
Pangur BanI and Pangur Ban my cat,Tis a like task we are at:Hunting mice is his delight,Hunting words I sit all night.Better far than praise of menTis to sit with book and pen;Pangur bears me no ill will,He too plies his simple skill.Tis a merry thing to seeAt our tasks how glad are we,When at home we sit and findEntertainment to our mind.Oftentimes a mouse will strayIn the hero Pangur’s way;Oftentimes my keen thought setTakes a meaning in its net.'Gainst the wall he sets his eyeFull and fierce and sharp and sly;'Gainst the wall of knowledge IAll my little wisdom try.When a mouse darts from its denO how glad is Pangur then!O what gladness do I proveWhen I solve the doubts I love!So in peace our tasks we ply,Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;In our arts we find our bliss,I have mine and he has his.Practice every day has madePangur perfect in his trade;I get wisdom day and nightTurning darkness into light.
- anonymous 8th or 9th century Irish Benedictine monk

Pangur Ban

I and Pangur Ban my cat,
Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill will,
He too plies his simple skill.

Tis a merry thing to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur’s way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our tasks we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.

- anonymous 8th or 9th century Irish Benedictine monk

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