March 1, 2010

Pangur Ban

There is an animated movie that will be released in March (hopefully) that promises to be one of my favorite movies this year. “Secret of Kells” looks to be absolutely beautiful. See for yourself:

Also fun tidbit: in the margins of a 9th century Irish Illuminated manuscript is a remarkable poem about a monk and his cat, Pangur Ban (which is the name of the cat in the film). The poem:

Pangur Ban

I and Pangur Ban my cat,
Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill will,
He too plies his simple skill.

Tis a merry thing to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur's way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our tasks we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.

(translation copied from here:

1 comment:

Brian said...

This looks really great. Too bad we'll likely not get to see it together. You'll have to remind me about it when you hear that it comes to DVD.