Traditional Irish Blessing
Listen to the great music of this video, it goes under my skin!
Along with the lyrics of the Irish blessing, it’s a wonderful combination:
Text: Irish blessing, Author unknown
Music: Joanie Madden – Down by the Sally Gardens
I wish you not a path devoid of clouds,
Nor a life on a bed of roses,
Not that you might never need regret,
Nor that you should never feel pain.
No, that is not my wish for you.
My wish for you is:
That you might be brave in times of trial,
When others lay crosses upon your shoulders.
When mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed;
When hope scarce can shine through.
That every gift God gave you might grow along with you.
And let you give the gifts of joy to all who care for you.
That you may always have a friend who is worth that name.
Whom you can trust, and who helps you in times of sadness.
Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.
One more wish I have for you:
That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you.
This is my wish for you, and for all who care for you.
This is my hope for you, now and forever.
For those who can read notes, here they are from “Down by the Sally Gardens” (you can download the pdf file by clicking the image):
As I already mentioned in the other blog post of the Old Irish Blessing, I cannot say if this blessing is an authentic Irish blessing. But, may the music and the lyrics inspire you in a positive way!