A text from the album "Beyond These Shores" by Iona. Released in 1993. Beyond These Shores is largely based on the story of St. Brendan's voyage. Brendan and a company of monks sailed from Ireland in a leather and wood boat in the sixth century to 'the promised land' which many believed to be America.
BIRD of HEAVEN
Catch the Bird of Heaven Lock Him in a cage of gold
Look again tomorrow And He will be gone
Lock Him in religion Gold and frankincense and myrrh
Carry to His prison But He will be gone
All the things that man has made Cannot hold Him anymore
Still the bird is flying as before Temple made of marble Beak and feather made of gold Bell and book and candle Cannot hold Him anymore