Friday, November 15, 2013

An ode to beer by St Brigid

There is a 10th century poem, attributed to Brigid herself, that speaks of giving "a lake of beer to God." This wonderful poem has a Franciscan feel to it - with both its earthy, human quality and delight in God.

I'd like to give a lake of beer to God.
I'd love the heavenly
Host to be tippling there
For all eternity.

I'd love the men of Heaven to live with me,
To dance and sing.
If they wanted, I'd put at their disposal
Vats of suffering.

White cups of love I'd give them
With a heart and a half;
Sweet pitchers of mercy I'd offer
To every man.

I'd make Heaven a cheerful spot
Because the happy heart is true.
I'd make the men contented for their own sake.
I'd like Jesus to love me too.

I'd like the people of heaven to gather
From all the parishes around.
I'd give a special welcome to the women,
The three Marys of great renown.

I'd sit with the men, the women and God
There by the lake of beer.
We'd be drinking good health forever
And every drop would be a prayer.
Franciscan Pondering

So this is fun Catholic stuff, but St. Brigid of Kildare who's feast is February 1st died in the year of our Lord 525, so I'm not sure if the attribution is correct.  I didn't find the year at this helpful article but maybe the numberings off, the poem is definitely attributed to her. 

This also reminded me of our old post: Is there beer in heaven?

I am still of the opinion of the Germans. 


HT Angela


  1. Man's

    A man's best friend
    If you please
    Is not a dog
    But cheddar cheese.

    A cheese whose taste
    Runs sharp or mellow
    Why cheese with beer
    Can help a fellow

    And make him look
    Like a handsome hunk
    When he passes some
    To a girl that's drunk

    In the local pub
    If truth be told
    When the girls get silly
    Then cheese is gold

    Where drafts of beer
    Make you look better
    As she gulps them down
    With a side of cheddar!

    Ya gotta love the Irish! I believe she wrote it. I myself, come from a long line of Quinns, McRees and Malarkeys! ;-)

  2. "From now on, I tell you, I shall never again drink wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in the kingdom of my Father." Matthew 26:29

    Don't know about beer in Heaven, but I think it is safe to say there will be wine there. Probably a good Italiano vintage.

  3. As for the Germans, anyone who makes a theological case on an accordion must viewed with the utmost suspicion. Is not the accordion that most perverse and detestable instrument of the devil, that modern incarnation of the pipes of Pan?


Please contact if you have issues commenting.