Celtic Stencil B “A Face Like Fresh Appleblossom”

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“…a face like fresh appleblossom…”

Celtic Stencil by Co Spinhoven on Granite Bay Graphic Design


Réalta [an] chruinne Caitir Fhíona

fhóireas Gréagaigh,

fóiridh forgla clann gach chóigidh

ann ar éagaibh.

Caitir Fhíona inghean [chasda]

craobh na buaidhe,

gnúis mar blath na habhla úire

abhra [uaine].*

Abhra uaine ag inghin Gréigríogh

nar ghabh guidhe

[a-táid] i ndath a gruadh gile

‘s snuadh na suibhe.


Star of the world, Catherine,

the helper of the Greeks,

Helping the chosen children, saving each,

there at their dying.

Catherine, honored daughter,

branch of virtue,

a face like fresh appleblossom,

green brow.

A green brow on the Greek king’s daughter

not captured by a suitor–

in the shade of her cheeks is brightness

and a berry’s color.

1800 x 10 Transparent Bar

* An excerpt from a longer poem. Stencils are rendered by Dutch artist Co Sinhoven and are his modern interpretation of “The Book of Kells.” All of this artwork is in the public domain. Learn more about the artist here.