I bind unto myself today…

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, his shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

From “The Breastplate of St. Patrick”. Read the whole poem here.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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9 Responses to I bind unto myself today…

  1. Ink says:

    Wow, that’s intense! Happy St. Pat’s to Ye, as well (loving the shamrock pic).

  2. KathyB! says:

    Happy St. Patty’s Day!

    Thank goodness for you Evenshine. You’re one my last links to poetry and political discourse.

  3. Wonderful!! I’ve never read this before that I can recall.

    I’m going to link to this right now!

  4. syzygus says:

    Dia dhuit, a-Evenshine.

  5. Great poem!! outstanding pic. Thank you!

  6. evenshine says:

    Dia is Muire dhuit, Syzygus.

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  8. Gibby says:

    Love it. I’m Irish Catholic and I don’t think I ever read this before. Thanks for posting it!

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