Poetic Wisdom

“Pangur Bán” is a wonderful Old Irish poem, written in the 9th century at or around Reichenau Abbey. Composed by an Irish monk, the poem explores the wisdom and inspiration that can be drawn from observing cats. As anyone who has ever lived with a cat can confirm, they are among the wisest of creatures.

Below is a virtual movie of the celebrated Victorian theologian and academic Cardinal John Henry Newman reading ‘Pangur Bán‘.

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