Saturday, April 30, 2011

prayer for a joyous life

I pray for you a joyous life,
Honor, estate and good repute,
No sigh from your breast,
No tear from your eye.
No hindrance on our path,
No shadow on your face,
Until you lie down in that mansion,
In the arms of Christ benign.

Ancient Celtic prayer collected by Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912), published in Carmina Gadelica (Edinburgh: Floris Books, 1992). These are prayers, hymns, and incantations collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the 18th century.

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