Legends of Saint Patrick – The Baptism of Saint Patrick

detail of stained glass window of Saint Patrick, date and artist unknown; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Knoxville, Tennessee; photographed on 16 September 2016 by Nheyob; swiped from Wikimedia Commons“How can the babe baptised be
  Where font is none and water none?”
Thus wept the nurse on bended knee,
  And swayed the Infant in the sun.

“The blind priest took that Infant’s hand:
  With that small hand, above the ground
He signed the Cross. At God’s command
  A fountain rose with brimming bound.

“In that pure wave from Adam’s sin
  The blind priest cleansed the Babe with awe;
Then, reverently, he washed therein
  His old, unseeing face, and saw!

“He saw the earth; he saw the skies,
  And that all-wondrous Child decreed
A pagan nation to baptise,
  To give the Gentiles light indeed.”

Thus Secknall sang. Far off and nigh
  The clansmen shouted loud and long;
While every mother tossed more high
  Her babe, and glorying joined the song.