Don't be Hard Hearted
Bulletin January 17, 2021

St. Ita

Saint Ita is said to be the most popular female saint in Ireland after Brigid. A lyric poem about a vision she experienced of the Infant Jesus was composed and became a popular lullaby.

Recently, it has been set to music by Samuel Barber and many accomplished soprano soloists have YouTube videos performing the piece online. One of the beautiful performances with particularly intelligible lyrics is posted here, as are the lyrics.

 

St. Ita's Vision


“I will take nothing from my Lord,” said she,
“unless He gives me His Son from Heaven
In the form of a Baby that I may nurse Him.”
So that Christ came down to her
in the form of a Baby and then she said:
“Infant Jesus, at my breast,
Nothing in this world is true
Save, O tiny nursling, You.
Infant Jesus, at my breast,
By my heart every night,
You I nurse are not
A churl but were begot
On Mary the Jewess by Heaven’s Light.
Infant Jesus; at my breast,
what King is there but You who could
Give everlasting Good?
wherefore I give my food.
Sing to Him, maidens, sing your best!
There is none that has such right
to your song as Heaven’s King
Who every night
Is Infant Jesus at my breast.

 

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