Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day (with an Irish Blessing for you)

Celtic Triskle
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you. My gift to you is an Irish blessing told to me by my Scotch-Irish mother.

The Blessing of Light, Rain, and Earth

May the blessing of light be upon you, light without and light within. 

May the blessed sunlight shine on you and warm your heart until it glows like a great peat fire, so that the stranger may come and warm himself at it, and also a friend. 

And may the light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in two windows of a house, bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm. 

And may the blessing of the rain be upon you---the soft sweet rain. May it fall upon your spirit so that all the little flowers may spring up, and shed their sweetness on the air. And may the blessing of the great rains be upon you, may they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there many a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines, and sometimes a star.

And may the blessings of the earth be upon you--the great round earth; may you ever have a kindly greeting for them you pass as you're going along the roads. May the earth be soft under you when you rest upon it, tired at the end of the day, and may it rest easy over you when , at the end last, you lay out under it; may it rest so lightly over you, that your soul may be out from under it quickly, and up, and off, and on its way to the heavens. 

                        HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!!                                                             

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