The Staff of Moses
Book of Taliesin XXIV

From every return his host of brothers he rencoun­tered,
Advantage acknowledged to Christ the Ruler, portion of praise.
The glorious God sits on the lap of Mary his counterpart.1
The course of truth, perfect nobility, a pattern of thee.
Rods of Jesse, thy people Judah rencountered.

Dexterous Lord, courteous, faultless, of gentle concord.
In respect of the earth, in the temple of Solomon, foundation of impulse,
The door of Paradise; shepherd of God; profoundly he reigne&
Was it not heard from learned prophets
That the birth of Jesus had taken place; during his life, 
That there would be life to all kings, a life prepared or ready.
Before thou wouldst have caused, if I had not recorded the danger.
He brought what was bright; he did not cease from the earth.
On the sea deep, when descended thy emotion.
A country native brought not the greatly-kind; be to me from thee
The greatness of thy tribulation; be to me thy grace, rods of Jesse,
And the grace of Jesus, glittering its flowers.

1. "Mary his counterpart": an interesting heresy from this Welsh bard.

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