(Though it wasn't called that then),
And the island of Iona
Was given to these men.
It became a major centre
Of religion and of learning:
The monks then travelled further east,
To spread the words all yearning.
The inhabitants of Pictland
Were a very hostile shower,
But were pretty soon persuaded
By these monks' God, and His power.
The ruler of Northumbria,
When exiled as a youth,
Had become a Christian convert
And now longed to spread the truth.
The time he'd spent amongst the Gaels
Led Oswald to request
A mission from Iona,
But it has to be confessed,
The first chap (Bishop Corman),
Went home because he'd failed.
"Northumbrians are stubborn.
It just can't be done," he wailed...