Irish Biblical Apocrypha: Selected Texts in Translation by Máire Herbert, martin J. McNamara

By Máire Herbert, martin J. McNamara

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Ft t o o k t h e s o u l o f A d a m w i t h o u t d i f f i c u l t y , a n d b a t h e d it in t h e s t r e a m of... 41 T h e n it t o o k t h e b r i g h t p u r e s o u i o f A d a m o u t o f t h a t s t r e a m , a n d p l a c e d it f o r e m o s t b e f o r e t h e c o u n t e n a n c e o f t h e C r e a t o r . 42 T h e s o u l o f A d a m , w i t h fair l o v e , t h r e w i t s e l f o n t h e g r o u n d , a n d r e m a i n e d l y i n g b e f o r e t h e m i g h t y K i n g f o r t h e s p a c e o f t h r e e full hours.

T h e r e a f t e r , E v e h a s t e n e d to b e l o v e d A d a m , a n d f o u n d that h e w a s n o t breathing. 14 22 IRISH BIBLICAL APOCRYPHA W h e n t h e fair E v e d i d n o t h e a r t h e v o i c e o f A d a m r e p l y t o h e r , t h i s o v e r c a m e her m i n d , a n d brought on immoderately excessive w e e p i n g and continuous sorrowing. 23 " O E v e , l o o k u p , a n d a l l o w m e to i n s t r u c t y o u . D i r e c t y o u r k e e n p u r e g a z e a s s i d u o u s l y u p w a r d s to t h e h e a v e n s " .

31 T h e a n g e l s s u r r o u n d i n g t h e a l t a r s a n g fitting h a r m o n i e s . In f r o n t o f every host they burned the herb called o m a m e n t u m . 32 T h e s t r o n g s m o k e w a s d i r e c t e d s t r a i g h t u p t h r o u g h the a t m o s p h e r e , s o that it o p e n e d w i d e t h e g a t e s o f t h e f i r m a m e n t . 33 A n d G o d c a m e in h o l i n e s s f r o m h e a v e n to r e c e i v e t h e s o u l o f A d a m . T h e r o y a l P r i n c e , t h e m l e r o v e r e v e r y p l a c e , sat o n h i s t h r o n e .

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