An Irish Blessing Poem
or Two or Three
The Irish being deeply religious may have written an Irish blessing poem or two. There must be hundreds out there. I'll only be able to show you just a few in this space. I hope to cover a cross section of Irish life with these blessings.
One word of warning, this page may go on and on a bit. Like I've said before I usually like to keep my pages short so I don't lose you. Sometimes I just can't help myself though.
I have to start off with what I think is the most famous Irish blessing poem, at least it is here in the U.S.A.
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May sun shine warm upon your face,
the rain fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again
may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
This next Irish blessing poem might be where the phrase "Ireland, land of a hundred thousand welcomes" came from.
For my mother who raised me at her breast.
And my father who raised me by the work of his bones.
I trust in the Son of God when they enter his presence,
That there will be a hundred thousand welcomes for them
In the heavens of peace.
May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more
And nothing but happiness
Come though your door.
May you always have these blessings
A soft breeze when summer comes
A warm fireside in winter
And always the warm, soft smile of a friend.
May God and the Virgin Mary, who have brought myself and my children
From the sleep of death last night to the brightness of today
Bring us safe from all danger and deliver us from the enemy of both body and soul.
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
In the name of God who made a pathway in the waves,
May he bring us safely home at the end of the day.
May good luck be with you wherever you go
And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
I think you'll notice a common theme in the next Irish blessing poem or so.
May the love and protection Saint Patrick can give
Be yours in abundance as long as you live.
May the blessings and love of Saint Patrick fall
On yourself, on your home, on your dear ones and all
May good Saint Patrick bless you and keep you in his care
And may our Lord be near you to answer every prayer.
May your days be very happy
May your life be free from cares
May Saint Patrick ask our Blessed Lord
To answer all your prayers.
A happy, generous nature, a friendly spirit too
These are the gifts Saint Patrick has surely given you
And may every day to come bring a generous part
Of all the happy things in life that keep joy in your heart.
The Irish sure love their patron saint as you can tell by the many Irish blessing poems about him.
There are many Irish blessing poems and prayers derived from
The Breastplate of Saint Patrick
,(This link will open another page in this website), here are a few of the most popular.
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 shield to protect me
God's host to save me
From snares of the devils
From everyone who wishes me ill
Afar and near
Alone and in multitude
May you be blessed with the strength of heaven
The light of the sun and the radiance of the moon
The splendor of the fire
The speed of lightning
the swiftness of wind
The depth of the sea
The stability of earth
And the firmness of rock.
Christ be with me
Christ within me
Christ behind me
Christ before me
Christ beside me
Christ to win me
Christ to comfort and restore me
Christ beneath me
Christ above me
Christ in quiet
Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger
God's might to direct me
God's power to protect me
God's wisdom for learning
God's eye for discerning
God's ear for my hearing
God's word for my clearing
God's hand for my cover
God's path to pass over
God's buckler to guide me
God's army to ward me
Ok, enough of Saint Patrick's prayers on to other Irish blessing poems.
Bless us, O Lord
Bless our food and drink
You who have so dearly redeemed us
And has saved us from evil
As you have given us this share of food
May you give us our share of the everlasting glory
May God bless you child
I put you under the protection of Mary and her Son
Under the care of Brigid and her cloak
And under the shelter of God tonight
This Irish blessing poem is commonly used in bits and pieces. I'll write out the poem in its entirety.
The Blessing of Light, Rain and Earth
May the blessing of Light be on you
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
And warm your heart till 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 the 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 on 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 blessing 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
Tire at the end of the day
And may it rest easy over you
When at the 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 God.
I'll leave you with one last Irish blessing poem. This one kind of covers everyone.
As plentiful as the grass that grows
Or the sand on the shore
Or the dew on the lea
So the blessings of the King of Grace
On every soul that was, that is, or will ever be
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