An Irish Blessing

I was going through my file cabinet recently and came upon this Celtic blessing. I have no idea who authored it and couldn’t find any information about it online. Similar blessings have been attributed to Saint Patrick, but who knows? At any rate, the imagery is beautiful and worth sharing.

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within.

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

And may the blessing of Rain be on you — the soft, sweet rain. May it fall upon your spirit so that all the little 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 spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines, 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 them you pass as you’re going along the roads. May the earth be soft under you when you rest out upon it, tired at the end of a day, and when, at the last, you lay out under it, that your soul may be off from under it quickly, and up and off, and on its way to God.

And now may the Lord bless you all, And bless you kindly.