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):

Down by the Sallys Garden
Down by the Sally Gardens

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!

Traditional Irish Blessing

2 thoughts on “Traditional Irish Blessing

  • February 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Gerlinde thank you.

    I cried my eyes out all the way through.

    There is so much pain still coming up and this is a prayer I will recall in times to come.

    • February 17, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Hi John!
      Yes, the song really touches my heart, and I am so happy it touched yours, too!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words!
      Wishing you all the best and I hope to see you again in Ireland.
      Cheers, Gerlinde


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