HE STARTED PUTTING Brendan through his monkish paces.
"Who is the Prince of Light then?" Erc asked.
"Him as is son to the King of the Stars, your honor," said Brendan.
"Which is the mightiest work of the Spirit of God?" Erc said.
"The begetting of the Prince of Light on the Queen of Glory," said Brendan.
Erc said, "Where might you find a house with fifty and a hundred windows and all of them looking out onto Heaven?"
"King David's book of psalms," Brendan said. His face was feverish pale. His lips was parted over his teeth.
Erc said, "There are three devils forever leading us into sin, boy. Would you be knowing their three names?"
"The tongue in our mouths is such a devil," Brendan said. "The eye in our heads another. The thoughts of our black hearts the third."
-Originally published in Brendan