'A Lake of Beer' for God

Irish music and verse by Noirin Ni Riain and the Monks of Glenstal Abbey

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Listen to Saint Brigid's Prayer ("I'd like to give a lake of beer to God...and every drop would be a prayer") recited by Noirin Ni Riain.

Listen to an Irish harmonic setting of the Our Father.


Lyrics to Saint Brigid's Prayer

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.


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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 of God


There by the lake of beer


We'd be drinking good health forever


And every drop would be a prayer.

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