The Book Of Kells

By Aisling O'Hora, 1st Year

Object No.28 Book of Kells, c.800
Old Library, Trinity College Dublin

100 different objects to write about

But one of them definitely stood out

A masterpiece of over twelve hundred years old

The story of The Book Of Kells is about to be told


Who ever knew this book wasn’t planned

It all began on the Isle of Iona, Scotland

Where a group of scribes began to write

About Saint Columbus whom they held so tight


In the eighth century after the Viking raid

To Kells Ireland the book strayed

Beautifully encrusted with gems and gold

Who knew the Vikings had hearts so cold?


They tore the elegant covers off the book

Which give the Latin masterpiece, a less satisfying look

After being stolen for many years by a snitch

Many years later it was recovered from a ditch


The book so well known and full of knowledge

And still in great condition, its home is now in Trinity Collage

The Gospels, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John dwells

In one of  Ireland’s prized possessions ,The Book of Kells


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