Friday, March 16, 2007

Poetry Friday: Saint Patrick's Prayer

In honor of my friends with Irish heritage, and for those of us who need power to create, I offer this excerpt from the prayer inscribed on Saint Patrick's breastplate:

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

3 comments:

Genevieve said...

Oh, thank you, Mitali!

Now I have to go re-read Madeleine L'Engle's "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," with its Patrick rune:

At Tara in this fateful hour
I place all Heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And fire with all the strength it hath,
And lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness
All these I place,
By God's almighty help and grace,
Between myself and the powers of darkness.

HipWriterMama said...

This is so lovely. Thanks Mitali for sharing this one.

Mitali Perkins said...

I loved that poem in A Swiftly Tilting and had forgotten all about it.