Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

With St. Patrick's Day coming up I thought I would offer you 13 Irish Blessings for Thursday Thirteen.

13 Irish Blessings

1. May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

2.Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

(A Wish for a Friend)

3. May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,

A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,

And an answer for each prayer.

4. May the blessing of light be on you—
light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart
till it glows like a great peat fire.

5. May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.

May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.

May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

6.May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.

7. May the good earth be soft under you
when you rest upon it,

and may it rest easy over you when,
at the last, you lay out under it,
And may it rest so lightly over you
that your soul may be out
from under it quickly,
and up, and off,
And be on its way to God.

Bless those minding cattle,
And those minding sheep,

And those fishing the sea
While the rest of us sleep.

If God sends you down a stony path,
may he give you strong shoes.

10. May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,
May the sun warm the land,
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,
And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty.

May the frost never afflict your spuds.
May the leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms.
May the crows never pick your haystack.
If you inherit a donkey, may

12. Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

13. May neighbours respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.

via Island Ireland

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Adelle said...

Very kewl. I love numbers 1&5 the best. Happy T13!



Happy St. Patty's Day

Love number 6

SandyCarlson said...

I enjoyed that Mary, and I'm glad you're back on the block!

I'll remember that one about the sturdy shoes for the rocky roads.

God bless! Slan leat!

Mo said...

My sister's name is Erin, and she used to have a pin that said "Erin go bragh" -- well, one year my grandparents got her a shirt that said 'Erin go bra-less'

Open Grove Claudia said...

Oh Mary, I laughed out loud to: "when irish eyes are smiling they are usually up to something" So true... so true.... so true....

Great list! :)

ellen b said...

Those are great Maryt! I really like 1 and 3. Have a great week...

Cheerio said...

That is an a fantastic poem. I wish I were Irish too though I come from an Irish origin. Very beautiful lines.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Those prayers are nicer than the more popular ones. Good stuff.

Mags said...

What? No "may you drink lots of cold beer"??


Happy Thursday.

Chuck said...

Ahhhh - that was great. I love this. All the blessings that go with St. Patrick's day make me want to drink. Drink green beer. *lovies* and happy TT friend :0

Grandmother Wren said...

oh yes,
very nice.
I'll add you to my list of TT St. Pat's day links...

Ian Thomas Healy said...

"An Irishman is never drunk so long as he can find a blade of grass to hold onto to keep from falling off the face of the Earth."

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, Teach, from a curly-haired Irish boy. :)


SJ Reidhead said...

Very nice.

The Pink Flamingo

Bethany said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day- love your TT!! The saying "When Irish eyes are smiling, they're probably up to something" is perfect for some of my Irish siblings ;)

Travis said...

Ireland is definitely on my list of places to go.

Nice 13!

marcia said...

Oh I have a book of these Great post i will have to look at my beautiful Coffee table book

Gattina said...

There is one missing, lol ! I got it from my Irish girlfriend :
"May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows your are dead !"

damozel said...

Nice one---I really enjoyed reading these; there were a couple I knew, but not many. Great idea for a seasonal T13~

13 Hearts

Hootin' Anni said...

EXCELLENT 13. Me being of Irish descent, I hafta admit, this is perfect for the week.

Hope you can drop by and read my list of 13 women of history dealing with the observance of March's Women in History Month.

The Mama Bear said...

What a wonderful tribute to St. Pat's and I was awaiting what this week's entry would be....mine is far less intellectual this week, but I beg off that it has been a hectic week here.


Ivanhoe said...

They all really good, but my favorite is #2.
I'm glad you are back!

Bond said...

The Irish sure have quite a few Blessings....

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be nice if we could know them by their limping? It would save a lot of time and heartache!

Anonymous said...

I love these, and I'm not an ounce Irish!

Happy TT!

DrillerAA said...

I love these! This is one of my favorite lists so far today.
Thanks for stopping by BrainFreeze and seeing the grandkids.

Happy TT

Jim said...

I love it!

I found a real four-leaf clover in Killarney, Ireland this spring. I think it presently is pressed between the pages of a forgotten book.

Shortly it will be on

Glad you're back at 'em real fine.

Jeff B said...

Having some Irish blood in my veins from my mother's side I liked reading these.

BTW, finally posted the award from you. Thanks again.

Nap Warden said...

Great seasonal TT!

Mar said...

I have always loved nr 1. Great collection of blessings!
Happy Thursday :)

Chrissea said...

Love these! I am close to about 85% Irish. As I read all these TT's, I notice it's Friday there already!
Our (US) St Patty isn't until Monday.
Wish is were here too.
Enjoyed that - Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love this list! some of my favorites on here -- but the curses made it perfectly Irish. lol

Marilyn said...

This was fun. I think #12 rings especially true... of the Irish side of my family anyway.

LOL@ Mo's comment.