Wednesday, March 17, 2010

An Irish blessing

May the light of Christ shine on you
light without, light within.
May it shine out of the two eyes of you
like candles set in two windows.

May the blessed sunlight warm your heart
until it glows
like a great turf fire
warming those that come near it.

May the blessing of the rain
drop on you
soft sweet rain
that the little flowers
may rise in the soil of you
shedding their sweetnes in the air,
and the blessing of the great rains on you
washing your spirit
fair and clear,
leaving many a pool there
reflecting the blue of heaven
and sometimes a star.

May the blessing of the earth be on you
the great round earth;
may it be soft under you as you lie on it,
and may it rest easily over you
at the last.