I arise today…..

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:

Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightning, 

Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me,

God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.


from “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”–traditional Irish prayer

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