A Given Blessing

We were sent this Irish blessing from a lovely fellow named Pete. We’ve heard parts before, but never the whole thing, so thought it well worth repeating:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

2 Responses to “A Given Blessing”

  1. kirsty says:

    This was our school psalm/hymn and it brings a tear to my eye to this day. It was arranged by our wonderful Head of Music who was a massive fan of Kodaly, so our school choir was something quite special. Happy travels to you all.

  2. angela plowman says:

    It was lovely to be able to read the full version of the charming Irish blessing. My Aunt in the USA worked a sampler of the 1st verse as a wedding gift to my parents way back in 1947 and I still cherish it to this day. (My dear Mum and Dad have both sadly left us now, as has my aunt.) Thanks lads for posting the complete blessing. All the best for your onward travels which I follow with much interest.
    x Angela

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