Yeats' FAIRY AND FOLK
TALES OF THE IRISH PEASANTRY
CONVERSION OF KING LAOGHAIR'S DAUGHTERS
Once when Patrick and his clericks
were sitting beside a well in the Rath of
Croghan, with books open on their knees, they saw coming towards them the two
young daughters of the King of Connaught. 'Twas early morning, and they were
going to the well to bathe.
The young girls said to Patrick, "Whence are ye, and whence come ye?" and
Patrick answered, "It were better for you to confess to the true God than to
inquire concerning our race."
"Who is God?" said the young girls, "and where is God, and of what nature is
God, and where is His dwelling-place? Has your God sons and daughters, gold and
silver? Is he everlasting? Is he beautiful? Did Mary foster her son? Are His
daughters dear and beauteous to men of the world? Is He in heaven, or on earth,
in the sea, in rivers, in mountainous places, in valleys?"
Patrick answered them, and made known who God was, and they believed and were
baptised, and a white garment put upon their heads; and Patrick asked them would
they live on or would they die and behold the face of Christ? They chose death,
and died immediately, and were buried near the well Clebach.