An Irish Blessing

May the blessings of light be on you—light without and light within.

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

May the blessing of the Rain be on you—the soft, sweet rain.

May it fall upon your spirit, so that all the 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 spirits and wash it fair and clean and leave there many a shining pool, where the blue heaven shines reflected—and sometimes a star.

And may the blessing of the Earth be on you—the great round earth.

May you ever have a kindly greeting for those you pass, as you're going along the roads.

May the earth be soft under you. When you lie out upon it, tired at the end of the day. And may it rest easily over you, when at last you be out under it. May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be quickly through it, and up, and off, and on its way to God.


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