National Geographic : 1961 Mar
'It's a terrible evil life ye lead, rollin' round the countryside and unable to find the key hole of yer door at night!' " 'Father,' said Pat, 'there's a question I'd be askin' ye. I've been readin' the newspaper and I wonder if ve could tell me what lum bago is.' " 'It's a fearful disease, Pat,' said the priest, 'and it comes to men like herself who lead evil lives.' "'Well, father, that's a mighty strange thing,' said Pat, 'for the paper says that the bishop himself is nearly dead of it!' " Then Danny began to sing: Kathleen Mavourneen, the grey dawn is breaking, The horn of the hunter is heard on the hill ... Soon all the passengers were singing, too. An old man across the aisle from me, the pic ture of a retired British colonel, said, "By gad, sir, I haven't heard that song since my dear wife sang it ages ago." So, completely enslaved by Danny, we arrived at Glendalough, which is, I think, 304 Portrait of St. Matthew in the Book of Kells, often described as the world's most beautiful book, demonstrates the painstaking artistry of ninth-century monks in the Monastery of Kells. In bold, printlike handwriting, the 340 page manuscript contains the first four books of the New Testament. Trinity College Library in Dublin displays the magnificent book in its Long Room. Other treasures among its 900,000 volumes and 3,000 manuscripts include four Shakespeare folios and one of the three known copies of the word book of Handel's Messiah, printed for the orig inal performance in Dublin in 1742. Early this year the Book of Kells was ex hibited at the Royal Academy in London, the first time the cherished four-volume work has been shown outside Ireland. Trinity coed, cloaked in her undergraduate gown, strolls Front Square. On examination days a bell in the distant campanile rings out across the Irish capital. KODACHROMESAND HS EKTACHROME(OPPOSITE) BY THOMASJ. ABERCROMBIE,NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC STAFFT N.G.S.