‘Tis Ireland

‘Tis old and grey.

Well lived and worn.

Old Stone Cottage

‘Tis blue and  brilliant as ever a sky and sea was known to be.


‘Tis wild and wooly as the cliffs of peril that form her.

Wild and Wooly

‘Tis often a mood she’ll share with sun, sea and cloud.


‘Tis full of myth and lore –

None as fascinating as the truth of her heroes.

Her truths.

The Queen's Door

‘Tis of course, green, she is.

It’s there,

If it’s what

You’re looking for.


For some-

It’s much more.

‘Tis Ireland.


(Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who are or wish they were Irish!!!)


And from:


I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

41 thoughts on “‘Tis Ireland

  1. Happy St. Patrick”s Day, Colleen … I’d give anything to have a peat brick burning in the fireplace right now. Of course, I’d need a fireplace as well. Slainte!


  2. Omg people really do say st pattys day! Horror. Its paddys day or st patricks day to any one who may read this comment. Now back to your beautiful post… Loved it. Got my birthday pressie today and me and him heading fo allihies this weekend. Brace yourself for some photos. Enjoy today whatever you do. Ill think of you and your dads family while im at the parade.


    • They do say “St. Patty’s Day”. If they aren’t Irish they are forgiven. 😉

      Your lovely Allihies! 🙂 I look forward to the photos! ANd a story or two!!!!! Happy Birthday!!!!!! And thank you for the thoughts!!!! 😉

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  3. Happy St. Patrick’s Day my Irish friend:) Thank you for the beautiful pictures, the clever words and the reverent prayers. Tis a grand day!!!!


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