An Irish Prayer (author unknown)

May God grant you always

A sunbeam to warm you,

 A moonbeam to charm you,

A sheltering angel

So nothing can harm you...

Laughter to cheer you,

Faithful friends near you,

And whenever you pray,

Heaven to hear you.


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 5th Oct 2019 11:54

M.C., I do know that 'blessing'.

Apparently, I have 'Nordic' blood as well, which, in combination with the Celtic Irish, is quite a heritage for considering the 'esoteric' themes of life. There has to be some explanation for this unrelenting drive.

Ruth, how wonderful. My first thought was: 'Well, that accounts for the bright face leaping right off the screen. Irish eyes and a winning smile!'

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 4th Oct 2019 17:31

In my old (now sadly gone) local pub run by two Irish brothers, a sign
above the bar displayed these words that might have been added:
May the road ahead always rise up to meet you.

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Lisa C Bassignani

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 22:11

Perfect for my Irish friend.
Thanks for sharing this

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Ruth O'Reilly

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 21:10

Happy Poetry Day Cynthia, I'm half Irish and I love the spirit of these St.Patrick's Day Blessings which are appropriate all year round. Thanks.

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Brian Maryon

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 16:06

Cynthia, it was me. Well why not, and since I'm the first to claim it...

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 15:31

This is in the spirit of POETRY DAY!

I received this St. Patrick's Day card years ago. Perhaps from my mother when I was in Teacher's College. From someone who knew me well. I loved it, saved it, mounted it in a clear frame, and it has hung over my pillow ever since. Spoken aloud, read silently, recited in the dark a thousand times. It has never lost its charm.

If anyone recognizes this work, do say so.

This work and 'I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree'
are my two favourites in the world. And I thought - the whole point of Poetry Day. It doesn't have to be something by me!

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